What is the Need

What is the Need

The years between birth and age six are the most critical and rapid period of learning. Ninety percent of a child’s brain growth occurs before age six. Children’s experiences during these formative years have a lasting effect on their overall development.

A major problem for working families with young children is access to affordable, quality childcare/early childhood education.

  • Only one child out of six, ages 3-5, attends a quality early childhood program.
  • Average cost for childcare/preschool services are over $14,000 per year.
  • Very few young children qualify for federal or state assistance
  • There are over 17,000 children on local waiting lists for childcare subsidies

Why Preschool is Important

According to some recent researches, children who attend high quality preschools enter kindergarten with better pre-reading skills, richer vocabularies, and stronger basic math skills and these children are:

  • Ready to enter kindergarten with the knowledge and skills they need to be successful throughout their schooling
  • More likely to graduate from high school and go to college
  • Less likely to need welfare or be involved in criminal activities

A recent research has focused on early education as an investment. For every $1 invested in children’s lives, taxpayers will yield more than $8 in future costs.

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