ELGIN – State Representative Anna Moeller visited One Hope United Child and Family Resource Center to see first-hand the impact high-quality early learning can have on children and families. She was joined by One Hope United President & CEO Scott Humphrey and Ounce of Prevention Fund President Diana Rauner.
“Quality early learning is key to Elgin’s continued growth and development. It’s a pillar of the community and unites the corporate, civic and philanthropic communities in support of ensuring that children have a strong start in life. I was proud to tour One Hope United Child and Family Resource Center today and meet the talented individuals who contribute to its success,” said State Representative Anna Moeller.
One Hope United Child and Family Resource Center blends multiple funding streams, including Preschool for All and Child Care Assistance Program, to provide quality early learning from birth until children transition to kindergarten.
“One Hope United exemplifies the approach to family engagement in early learning that is key to building a bridge between the classroom and home,” said Diana Rauner, president of the Ounce of Prevention Fund. “Investments in quality early learning programs like One Hope United are truly investments in our future for our children, families and communities.”
Research proves that expanding access to high-quality early childhood education programs helps to prevent achievement gaps before they start. With quality early learning, at-risk children are more likely to grow into accomplished students, successful workers and engaged citizens.
“We pride ourselves on the partnerships we form with our families and with the community. Together, we ensure that children have the supports and opportunities they need to thrive in school and in life,” said Scott Humphrey, President & CEO, One Hope United. “We’re honored to have State Representative Moeller visit our center and experience its sense of family.”
Investments in quality early childhood programs can help set low-income children on a path to success, helping break the cycle of poverty. Despite the fact that they are some of the soundest long-term investments that Illinois can make, less than 18% of the low-income children in Rep. Moeller’s district are served by Illinois State Board of Education programs.