Save the Children's Early Childhood Education Program
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Did you know . . .
- Early Childhood Development means helping children's brains grow before they go to school by reading to them and playing with them.
- Kids from poor families are less likely to be read to — a critical step for learning to read.
- Just $15 could buy a family a home visit from a trained coordinator!*
When a kid from a poor family steps into the classroom, chances are that he's already behind other kids. Kids from poor families are less likely to have parents who read to them and score lower on tests that measure their thinking skills. Save the Children has established an Early Childhood Education Program to give poor babies and children the same advantages that other children have.
Trained staff visit families in their homes twice a month to offer parents suggestions on ways to help their child grow healthy and aware — such as singing to her or making sure she learns healthy sleep habits. They also help parents "raise a reader" by bringing library books that parents can read to their kids. This "Early Steps" program works to make sure that every kid starts kindergarten on the right foot.
*This is just an example of what $15 could buy — it could help in many different ways!