We welcomed Congressman Yarmuth to one of our Excellence Academy early learning centers – the Southwest YMCA – to show him the work that is being done in these classrooms to help change the odds for children in our community through quality early learning.
The recent increase in media coverage surrounding kindergarten readiness reinforces the importance of Metro United Way’s focus on preparing all children to enter kindergarten ready to learn.
Sadly, recent studies have found that only about ½ of the incoming kindergarteners in our community are ready to learn. And, research shows that children who start out behind, tend to stay behind.
Our Excellence Academy early learning centers are strengthening the skills of preschool teachers, improving classroom environments and teaching kids to love learning. The benefit of kindergarten readiness includes raising lifetime wages and reducing the likelihood that children will drop out of school. That’s why our efforts with our Excellence Academy program are so important.
However we look at it, to invest in a child today is to invest in our common future: the world of tomorrow will inherit the children of today.