Helping Each Child Get An Equal Start At School
What is the problem?
- Disadvantaged families have just 51% opportunity to learn according to Schott’s Foundation’s opportunity index.
- Nationwide 70% of low-income children begin school behind.
- Locally, the situation is worse; for example, in the Ravenswood School district 73% enter school unprepared, approximately 18 months to 2 years behind higher income children.
- Kindergarten readiness is the #1 indicator of academic success. Let’s start ready!
Why work on learning before school?
Children’s brains are primed for learning:
- 90% of brain development is complete by age 5
- Memory, language, communication and reasoning skills peak between ages 2 to 5
- Investing in early childhood education is cost effective and more effective than trying to correct deficits later.
Covid creates new obstacles for low-income families:
- Only 27% of preschools in San Mateo county are operating
- Headstart is operating at 40% enrollment due to social distancing space requirements
- Financial hardships make it more difficult to participate in a fee based program
How does our program work?
We work with families in their homes and empower the child’s first and longest teachers, their parents.
We provide a teaching kit for the parents which contains basic materials they will need as they work with their child.
The kits enrich learning by providing hands-on materials for the child to use in learning through play.
We provide a core set of books and 2 books per month to introduce the child to the gift of reading.