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  2. What is “school readiness”? • Physical • Social • Emotional • Intellectual Nationally, 49% of children who do not know their alphabet as they enter kindergarten come from middle- and upper -class families!

  3. Start behind, stay behind It’s often a snowball effectas they move up toward high school.

  4. The cost to YOU Children who start school behind due to a lack of quality early childhood care and education are shown to have: • More repeated grades • More special education needs • Higher teen pregnancy rates • Lower graduation rates • Higher incarceration rates • Lower employment rates • More use of public assistance

  5. It’s happening right here One out of every five children on the Peninsula starts kindergarten unprepared.

  6. THE SOLUTION: Invest in early childhood • Decades of research show that the first five years are a critical time in brain development. • All children are born ready to learn, but the achievement gap begins to show before kindergarten. • Studies have found a 95% correlation between children’s language interaction in the first 2-3 years of life and their reading level in 4th grade.

  7. “An ounce of prevention…” At the time when brain development is at its highest,our investment is at its lowest.

  8. What’s in it for you High-quality early care and education programscan yield as much as a…16% returnannually for every$1 invested

  9. What’s in it for you • Children who receive a quality early educationare more likely to become: • • Dependable workers • • Citizens who give back to their community • • Problem-solvers • • Mentally and emotionally stable adults • Responsible spouses & parents

  10. See who else is involved Old Point National Bank Peninsula Community Foundation Peninsula Health Department Peninsula United Way Peninsula YMCA PICH Project Single Moms Preschool Partners Riverside Medical Group Resource Mothers Sentara Health Group TNCC Towne Bank Tidewater Physicians Multi Specialty Group Union First Market Bank Virginia Company Bank Virginia Peninsula Chamber of Commerce Zel Technologies Alternatives ARC Bernardine Franciscan Sisters Found. Bob Shwayder, MD Bon Secours Center for Child and Family Services Cheri Coyle, MD Children’s Clinic CHKD City of Hampton City of Newport News Coliseum Central BID Community Services Board Community Free ClinicEast End NN CNU Dixon, Hughes, Goodman LLP Downtown Hampton Child Development Center Dominion Virginia Power Family Focus Ferguson Enterprises First Book HR/ Mayor’s Book Club First Team Auto Group Hampton Health Department Hampton Healthy Families Partnership Hampton Public Schools Hampton Economic Development Department Hampton University Head Start H.E.L.P. Clinic Infant Toddler Connection Joint Military Command Parent Support Kaufman and Canoles Kids Priority One Kristen Fowler Langley Child Care Center Liz Moore Realty Navy Parent Support Newport News Healthy Families Partnership Newport News Libraries Newport News Parks and Recreation Newport News Public Schools Newport News Shipyard ObaidJafri, MD Office of Human Affairs

  11. Make a difference! Ways to get involved and help our children today • • Volunteer • Donate • • Serve on boards • • Provide scholarships• Contact elected officials• Write the media • • Help faith community

  12. Initiatives Early Care and Education • Implementing Virginia Star Quality Rating • Emphasizing Social-Emotional Development • Screenings • New focus/curriculum for centers • Bringing together mental health community • Creating TNCC partnership for teacher continuing education • Developing resource guide for parents/centers in English, Spanish

  13. Initiatives Public Engagement and Awareness Created website: Developed two brochures: one for parents, one for advocates Started Speaker’s Bureau, created material Developed posters for retail locations, urging parents to prepare/educate children under 5

  14. Initiatives Health Developed universal screen for pregnant moms Offering of free parenting classes Discussing way children with delays can be identified earlier

  15. Initiatives Parent Support and Education Disseminated new-parent information magnets Disseminated magnets promoting parent resource website: Discussing reintroducing new-babywelcome package Discussing partnership with CHKD to bring in speakers on parent issues

  16. We want to hear from you! • For more information on early childhood and how to help, visit • You can also call theProgram Coordinator at(757) 771-1092or send mail to: • Smart BeginningsVirginia PeninsulaP.O. Box 325Hampton, VA 23669