For hundreds of children living in poverty in Guilford County, the future is not as bright as it could be.
When families are forced to choose between food, rent, or a quality early childhood education for their children, survival needs come first. Many young children end up with family members or unregulated care. As a result, they enter kindergarten behind their peers, unable to catch up.
What are the costs to Guilford County when our children enter school unprepared?
INCREASED abuse, depression, school failure, teen pregnancy, education costs, welfare expenses, criminal justice expenses, juvenile delinquency, and crime.
DECREASED workforce skills, economic productivity, and responsible citizenship.
Each day in Guilford County, hundreds of young children sit at home or in a low quality daycare environment. As their chance to prepare for kindergarten decreases, their chance to spend the rest of their lives in poverty increases.
Even though substantial evidence supports the effectiveness of early childhood education, less than 5% of public education funding goes toward early learning programs. Therefore, it’s up to us to get the job done.
The future of Guilford County depends on the children of today.
We desperately need your help to give every child in Guilford County the chance to succeed in school and in life.