Child and Family Opportunities' Walk Run Jump Swim for Early Education in Downeast Maine
EVENT DATE: Aug 10, 2013
Join us in supporting high quality early education. This summer, teams will be walking, running, jumping, swiming (or something we haven't even thought of yet!) where ever people believe in investing in young children in Downeast Maine.
Recent federal sequestration slashed funding for Head Start, a high quality early education program for low to moderate income families. Washington and Hancock Counties lost just under $95,000 in this initial cut. This is just the latest in a series of funding reductions to early education related services in the past 5 years- cuts that have totaled over a million dollars in Downeast Maine since 2008.
Help us because, if we raise just $100 for every young child living in poverty in Washington and Hancock Counties (971 by last count), we can raise through our own efforts MORE than CFO lost in sequestration this year, and we can start to rebuild the programs that provide children and their families an opportunity to thrive. Why is this a super awesome idea even if you don't have young children? Read more....
Children who are born and raised in poverty are more likely to experience: • hunger and/or inadequate nutrition • exposure to environmental toxins • chronic medical conditions • learning disabilities and developmental delays • emotional and behavioral problems • academic difficulties, repeating grades and dropping out • unwed childbirth in adolescence • low incomes as adults.
And children who experience high quality early care and education are more likely to: • have good physical, emotional and mental health, • have high self-esteem, • have strong speech and language skills, • succeed academically and attend college, • have higher earnings as adults, • own their own homes, and contribute to the tax base.
Furthermore, these children are less likely to: • require remedial education and/or drop out of school,• become teen parents,• experience emotional and mental health problems,• engage in criminal behavior as teens and adults,• abuse drugs, and become dependent on welfare.
We CAN invest in our future, today.