GIVING TUESDAY – DECEMBER 1, 2020
Today, due to COVID 19 and other conditions, too many working Americans are living paycheck to paycheck, struggling to make ends meet while responding to the competing demands of work and family. These demands are especially challenging for families with young children. For working parents, nothing is more important than ensuring that their children are safe and in stimulating environments that support their learning and healthy development. Supportive learning environments are especially vital for our youngest children, whose brains develop more important connections in the first five years of life than at any other time.
High-quality early learning and development programs can make a tremendous difference in the lives of working families and their children. Families have peace of mind when they know that their child is in a safe place with caregivers and educators who are well qualified to support their child’s early development and set the child on a path to school success.
Child care is a necessity for most working parents, but the cost of high-quality, curriculum based programs can be one of the biggest expenses for low-income families. Families living at or below 150% of the Federal Poverty Level can spend up to 33% of their household income on child care for a single child. Families often struggle with eligibility for assistance in paying for high-quality early learning programs due to frequent job changes related to low-wage and/or seasonal occupations. Studies show that consistent, positive caregiver interactions are key to a child’s development. Unfortunately, the COVID-19 pandemic is impacting so many families and causing loss of eligibility due to lay-offs and/or terminations. Similarly, families who are fortunate enough to maintain employment often exceed income limits for continued assistance because employers require new extended hours as businesses try to regain a foothold in the market place. Children may lose the continuity of care which is extremely important to their early development needs when families can no longer afford the cost of high-quality early learning programs.
YOU can help these families that slightly exceed the income qualifications due to impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic so their children ages birth-5 years can remain in high-quality early learning programs.
The Goal to help approximately 12 families with this campaign is $25,000.
Click the DONATE button and “Make a Difference” to help these families.
Only 250 people have to participate with a $100 donation and we will reach our goal. We are sure you are one of them.