Early Learning Opportunities Matter
The success of children in later years depends heavily upon their readiness to begin kindergarten. The first few years of education are the most crucial to establishing a solid foundation from which children can adapt to school systems and learn successfully. During this period, children develop primary skills that form the foundations of reading, mathematics, and social interaction.
The Need is High for Quality Early Learning Opportunities
Too many children living in low-income households in St. Joseph County has no access to high-quality early childhood education programs that could prepare them for kindergarten. Of the more than 6,000 children in St. Joseph County living in low-income households, only about 600 have access to high- quality early learning environments.
“This program provided more than literacy awareness, but also the ever important social-emotional development.” – Sherri Jackson, SBCSC Camp Instructor