Our community promises to empower families so that every child age birth to six has the opportunity to enter our schools ready to learn.
Child poverty, hunger spur community discussion
What role can churches play in fighting Springfield’s poverty and childhood hunger?Read More...
Why Early Childhood Education is the Answer
Recently, I was asked by concerned community members to explain why people keep saying that early childhood education is the answer to issues we are facing. Why did Dr. Robert Putnam cite early childhood as a go-to solution? The proof is nearly a half century in the making. Famous studies from High/Scope Perry Preschool project, Abecedarian Preschool in North Carolina, the Chicago Child Parent Center project were the subject of the Federal Reserve’s report on the return on a preschool investment. What they found was investment in early care and education yields extraordinary public returns.Read More...
- 1 out of 5 local children is not prepared for kindergarten.
- 1 in 3 children is obese or overweight before their fifth birthday.
- Last year, the Springfield school district identified 517 homeless students.
- Nearly 50% of Green County families with children under age 5 live in poverty.
Improving our children's future strengthens our community.
We can't wait one more day.
Now is the time to get involved.