A statewide venture, created by business, civic and philanthropic leaders to tenaciously pursue and challenge policy makers to make early education a priority.
To make strategic investments in early education a statewide priority.
- Educate about the problem and solution.
- Advocate to secure greater public investment.
- Partner with business and private investors.
According to Virginia’s Kindergarten Readiness Project, 34% of Virginia’s children arrive at kindergarten unprepared in one or more critical learning domain (literacy, math, self-regulation and social skills).
Children who enter kindergarten behind their peers rarely catch up; instead the achievement and readiness gaps widen over time. These children are more likely to fall behind grade-level expectations, be held back in school and drop out of high school.
(Learn more about Virginia’s Readiness Gap here.)
Our Strategy & Solution:
The research is clear: investment in high quality early education programs is the best way to support improved academic outcomes in our K-12 and higher education systems.systems.
Economists report that early education programs improve the “soft skills” such as grit, self-control, perseverance, delayed gratification, and curiosity, which are highly predictive of educational and professional success.systems.
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1.University of Virginia Center for Advanced Study of Teaching and Learning, The Virginia Kindergarten Readiness Project, 2015.
2. National Research Council & the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies, From Neurons to Neighborhoods: The Science of Early Childhood Development, 2000.
3. Tough, Paul. How Children Succeed: Grit, Curiosity, and the Hidden Power of Character. 2012.