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Your donation will help to fund the work of our collaborative teams to develop solutions to transform early care and education so that every child in Orange County starts Kindergarten ready!
of brain development occurs in the FIRST FIVE YEARS
of children in Orange County enter Kindergarten NOT READY.
In poor neighborhoods, over 60% are NOT READY
of third graders are NOT READING on grade level, a key development milestone
60% of poor children and
80% English learners
"Investing in comprehensive 0-5 childhood education is a powerful and cost-effective way to mitigate negative consequences of poverty on child development and adult opportunity." James Heckman, Nobel prize-winning economist
Children who are NOT READY for Kindergarten and NOT READING on grade level by 3rd grade are 4X's more likely to drop out of school and more likely to...
Live in Poverty...
Have Poor Health...
70% of non-working parents say they do not work because of lack of childcare
26% of parents say they left their job because of childcare issues
Fiscal Cliff -- Parents avoid job advances to keep childcare subsidies
Starting early is the best way to prepare our future workforce to fill a widening skills gap.
60% of jobs will require degree or certification by 2025
48% of workers have degrees or certifications now
Almost half of jobs in Central Florida will be replaced or will require high-tech skills by 2039
"Becoming a K-Ready Community" is a 3-year collective-impact initiative that is engaging leaders from all sectors to ensure an equitable, accessible, responsive, and accountable early child care and education system.
Diverse sectors of the community are working together to achieve one goal: ensure all children in Orange County are ready for kindergarten, ready to read, and ready for success.
"Becoming a K-Ready Community" seeks to transform early child care and education in Orange County through focused collaboration, realignment, and use of resources by all sectors of the community.
Collective impact shifts from a focus on individual programs to a more disciplined and full-system approach to achieving dramatic, large-scale social change and impact. It engages affected citizens and leaders from all sectors to create a common vision, understand and solve problems, and create systemic change.
Vision -- All children in our community have access to high-quality early child care and education
Better education results --
Kindergarten-Ready, reading on grade Level by 3rd, graduation and education attainment
Reduced levels of poverty and disparity
Reduced workforce skills gap