Why We Do It
Children’s learning begins at birth.
For children to reach their full potential as adults, they must have high quality formal and informal learning opportunities during this vital stage of development.
Children must start school ready to succeed.
Early childhood programs give children the opportunity to develop the essential skills they need to succeed in school and in life.
Education is the foundation of a community.
85% of a child’s capacity for learning is determined before age five, yet 95% of public investment occurs after age five. Investing in children under the age of five from low income families increases the likelihood that those children will stay in school, progress to college, become successful adults and, accordingly, enhance the economic vitality of our community.
Early Childhood Education is good business.
Children who grow up healthy and educated become more successful as adults and part of a more productive workforce which enables a strong and vibrant local community. Children who grow up healthy and educated become more successful as adults and part of a more productive workforce which enables a strong and vibrant local community.
Early childhood Education cuts crime.
For every child who participates in a high quality preschool program, the public benefit is $70,000 in avoided crime costs.
We all benefit when local families succeed.
Our community’s quality of life will no doubt grow in proportion to the investment we make in our children.