The Problem

Inequality of Opportunity

There are five and a half million young children living in poverty in America. Without high-quality learning experiences and healthy relationships, at-risk children are less likely to grow into accomplished students, successful workers and engaged citizens. When we fail to unlock the true potential of millions of children, it affects all of us.

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The Cost of Inaction

At-risk children who don’t receive a high-quality early childhood education are:

More likely to drop out of school

More likely to become a teen parent

More likely to be placed in special education

More likely to never attend college

More likely to be arrested for a violent crime

THE ACHIEVEMENT GAP

Measurable, Not a Metaphor

By age 3, a child with parents living on welfare has heard about 3 million words. A child with parents of higher socio-economic status will have heard about 11 million words. For at-risk children, the achievement gap is very real, and can be seen as early as age nine months. Starting early can prevent the achievement gap from ever taking root.

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