The Erie Community Foundation

You can help a child beat the odds

Feb 09, 2012 | Posted in Homepage, News, Press Releases

Research in early childhood has proven that when you provide a child with a well focused, quality early childhood education, that child grows up to be a productive adult in society. Research also reveals that 2,500 of our children in Erie County are at highest risk for failure due to high poverty rates.

The lack of school readiness among our children entering kindergarten will have a significant impact on the future of Erie County’s economy and quality of life.

Simply stated, our children are not ready for their future, and their future ultimately affects yours. It is a long term domino effect. But we are doing something about it!

In fact, we are joining forces to reverse the trend and tackle this issue through Erie’s Future Fund. This fund will provide scholarships to low-income families with children under the age of five living in poverty.

The Erie Community Foundation, United Way of Erie County, Early Connections/Successes By 6 and local members of the Early Learning Investment Commission are coordinating efforts to make a difference through Erie’s Future Fund.

The Fund, which was established in 2011, will ultimately provide early childhood scholarships, valued at $2,100 each, for close to 285 low-income children in the 2012-2013 school year. The Erie Community Foundation will contribute $100,000 a year for two years to this fund.

Children ages three and four will be able to attend a high-quality Early Childhood Education program through Erie’s Future Fund scholarships. The Success By 6 task force will guide families on how to select an Early Childhood Education program and how to promote school readiness throughout their child’s early years. Families will also learn about health and child development issues and what community resources are available to support their family’s needs.

To learn more, join us on Thursday, February 16th at 4 p.m. at the Ambassador Hotel and Conference Center. Make your reservation by calling Michelle Dore at 874-0144, extension 10 or via email by clicking here.

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