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Our Children, Our Future

Our children, our future

“A child who walks through the kindergarten doors ready to learn, ready to make the most of the vital first years of elementary school is far more likely to succeed in school and in life.”

- Dr. Jack Shonkoff, Harvard’s Center on the Developing Child

Children in quality early learning programs are less likely to require special education and more likely to complete school, work, and become responsible citizens. The level of education a person attains is a strong factor in determining his/her future earning power. By doing all we can now to ensure children are ready to learn when they enter kindergarten, we increase their chances for success in school and society.

Research proves the value of early childhood education. It’s been estimated that for every dollar invested in early learning, there is up to a $16 return from lower crime, fewer welfare payments, and higher learning (Rob Grunewald and Arthur Roenich, “Early Childhood Development: Economic Development with a High Public Return,” The Region 17, no. 4 Supplement [December 2003], 9).

Recognizing the community impact, United Way of Adams County is a lead agency in efforts promoting quality early learning. Since 2003, UWAC has managed Ready to Learn, an early childhood education initiative.