Societies all over the world have recognized the value of investing in early quality childhood education because of the spillover effects to the children, their families and society. Children are born with an innate ability to learn and absorb information from the environment. Early childhood education is offered by Star Bright Montessori for children ages 2 to 6 years old to shape their minds and attitudes towards learning.
Next Door and the United Community Center (UCC) in Milwaukee will receive more than $13 million in funding from the Federal Office of Head Start for early childhood education programs. The funds will serve more than 1,200 infants and toddlers that are living in poverty.
According to Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett, the funding is a transformative community asset that will prepare children for kindergarten. It will also support families during the critical years of their children’s life. Younger residents are the target of early childhood initiatives in Milwaukee.
Next Door will serve 749 children while Head Start will serve 629 students’ ages 3 to 5 and 120 student’s ages 6 weeks to 3 years. Next Door president Dr. Tracey Sparrow said that support through high quality early childhood education can prepare children for success in school and close the achievement gap for children who are living in poverty.
Meanwhile, UCC serves a total of 510 children and provides programs for Hispanics and South Side Milwaukee residents ranging from 6 weeks in age to those ready for college. Over the last decade, enrollment rates and college acceptance for UCC alumni has increased from 8% to 96%.
UCC’s investments in early childhood education in Milwaukee has fueled change and laid the foundation for success at the at-risk communities. This exciting step forward ensures that every child regardless of his circumstances at birth can be provided with opportunities to be successful.
It is important for parents to always remember that education is something that no one can take away from their children. High quality early childhood education provided by Star Bright Montessori will support a child’s most critical development years. Education is the ticket that will open more doors for a child to the world.