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Our Kids

equitable and equal access to education

It's all for them.

Equitable access to quality early learning for all children will only be achieved with community-wide understanding and involvement. We believe getting to know our children is the key to buy-in from the people who can truly affect change.

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Childhood is a critical time.

Young children are on the move. A baby’s brain has doubled in size at age one, and is 80% of adult volume by the age three. By age three, a brain produces double the neural connections faster than any other time of life. Every interaction influences a baby's growth and development. Every effort makes a difference.

 

The human brain is wired for visual and auditory learning. Reading and writing must be taught and brains must develop in language-rich environments to optimize these critical communication skills. We must empower our communities to give young children the exposure they need to be ready to hit the ground running at age five.

We can make a quantifiable difference.

Students living in households with income below the poverty line have less access to books and educational games and toys in the home and less exposure to out-of-home educational experiences like trips to museums, zoos, and other enriching activities. But access to early childhood supports early in a person’s life makes a significant impact on a child’s achievement in school, particularly on their ability to progress through their school years on time and avoid special education remediation.

 

Children who engage in quality early learning opportunities enjoy long-lasting positive effects — including better intellectual and social/emotional performance. This in turn leads to improved learning, reduced need for special education services, higher levels of academic achievement through life, and lower rates of incarceration and need for welfare support in adulthood, as well as higher lifelong wealth.

Yes, the children are our future.

Supporting children today means supporting our communities in the future. What we do now impacts the health of our communities and our people in years to come. It's not about success measured by grades or salary. Access to quality care in early years reduces juvenile arrests as well as future crime victimization. We are nurturing tomorrow's workforce and tomorrow's leaders.

Building stronger communities — and a strong economy.

Early learning and readiness has profound impact on our whole community. Educated and skillful citizens create stronger economies, locally to nationally. Nationwide, if all three-and-four-year-olds from low-income households were enrolled in quality early learning, the country could see up to $61 billion in additional revenue in less than five decades. Now that's an investment.