The research is clear: birth to age five is a critical time for brain development and growth. Quality childcare and early education paired with early involvement of parents has a positive impact on kindergarten readiness.
- Increase the use of high-quality childcare and early childhood education
- Increase the number of parents and children participating in early literacy programs
- Increase the number of books in homes of young children
Early Learning and Literacy
National and regional studies have shown that for every $1 invested in high quality early care and education for children living in low-income homes, the return on investment for a community is between $7 and $17 in reduced high school drop-out rates, lower teen pregnancy and crime rates, less reliance on public assistance, and an increased emphasis on preventive health practices.
Pikes Peak United Way continues to work with community stakeholders to advocate for quality services and access to high-quality childcare and education for low-income families. We actively seek opportunities to mobilize volunteers for these efforts and other projects that arise and continue to make a financial investment in early-literacy programs.