We believe every child deserves a fair chance at success in school and life. Focusing on a child’s education and development from birth to age 8 is the most effective way to help children reach their full potential now and in the future.
Why This Work Matters
Research shows that children need to be prepared for educational success by third grade in order to succeed in school, work and life. That preparation relates to every aspect of a child’s development from birth to age 8 and everywhere a child learns – at home, in child care settings, in preschool and in kindergarten through third grade.
The active engagement and empowerment of families also play critical roles in a child’s education and a family’s ability to engage fully depends to a great degree on whether its basic needs – for food, employment, a path to economic security – have been met. To address the needs of children, we must address the needs of parents and children together.
In education, as in all other areas related to our mission, barriers to opportunities based on race or income often inhibit the success of children and their families. Efforts to eliminate these barriers are critical to ultimately help break the cycle of poverty.
What We Support
We believe education practices and policies should be community-based and connected to family engagement efforts that mobilize voices, resources and solutions.
We want to partner with families, schools and communities in making a difference in young children’s learning and development. To do so, we support community-based family engagement efforts that empower parents, caregivers and families as leaders in children’s development, recognizing that this is a shared responsibility with schools and communities.
We seek to improve the quality of both teaching and learning through leadership and professional development in which educators receive the support and training they need to deliver high-quality learning opportunities for all students. This includes working with child care providers, schools and teacher preparation programs to create safe, positive environments that are content rich, results-driven and culturally meaningful and relevant.
We support aligning systems to increase collaboration and improve the effectiveness of everyone who works in early child development – including centers, home-based and informal child care, K-12 schools, government systems and business. We believe this is essential if all families and young children are to have access to high-quality education.
“Education offers the best
opportunity for really improving
one generation over another.”
- W.K. Kellogg