America's Early Education Crisis
Imagine starting a race knowing more than half of your competitors will be given a ten minute head start. Not exactly fair, is it? But for many children, this isn’t too far off from reality. That’s because in low-income neighborhoods, children start kindergarten 60% behind their peers from affluent communities, leaving them woefully unprepared.
We can do better. And we can do it with Jumpstart.
What we do
We’re in the business of changing children’s lives. Thousands of lives every year, and all over the country, in fact. It may be a bit difficult to describe all of the ways we do this, but fortunately, ample research paints a vivid picture of the Jumpstart solution.
In low-income neighborhoods, children start kindergarten 60% behind their peers from affluent communities.
When children start kindergarten behind, they are more likely to stay behind for the rest of their lives, and this gap only widens over time. By adulthood, our nation sees an increase in high school drop out rates, unemployment, incarceration, and countless other remediation programs.
A Smart Investment
Imagine starting a race knowing everyone will get a head start, except for you. Not exactly fair, is it?Every dollar invested in early childhood education produces a return on investment of 10%. Investing in early education benefits society as a whole:
- Higher high school graduation rates and academic achievement
- Lower rates of crime, teen pregnancy, and public assistance dependency
- Higher levels of lifetime workforce productivity
What do Americans think about our early education crisis?
Pearson Foundation Early Education Perception Poll [PDF]: This 2009 poll confirmed that Americans are largely unaware that children who start kindergarten behind are likely to stay behind for the rest of their lives.
The solution, the challenge, the potential
Are you a visual learner? Click on our infographic for an illustrated guide to America's early education crisis and how Jumpstart is making a difference.
Photo Credit: Beth Bauer Photography