The first years of a child’s life are a sensitive developmental period, laying foundations for cognitive functioning; behavioral, social, and self-regulatory capacities; and physical health. Due to a family’s financial constraints, many children face stressors that can impair healthy development during these critical years.
Support during a child’s early years leads to a lifetime of gains, breaking cycles of inequality that prevail in the lives of many families.
- High-quality Early Childhood Education, such as Peacock, can help close the gap between disadvantaged children and their more advantaged peers by improving school readiness, reducing risk for grade repetition and special education placement, while increasing high school graduation rates.
- Despite the importance of care during these early years, the cost of childcare is a challenge to many Washington State families. Over 75% of working moms, and half of working dads, passed up work opportunities, switched jobs, or quit their jobs to take care of their children (Child Care Aware of Washington).
- Through our commitment to inclusiveness, Peacock offers families a high level of tuition assistance. Currently, Peacock’s Tuition Assistance Program supports 31% of our enrolled hours, but the need is significantly greater.
Can you join us in supporting the families in our community with a donation today through tomorrow, April 23rd?
Your tax deductible contributions may be given directly at the Kitsap Great GIVE, where matching funds add to the impact of your gift.