How children grow and develop — physically, mentally and socially — during their early years forms the foundation for their academic performance once they enter school. A weak foundation, more often than not, leads to poor grades and slow advancement in school.
Many studies have shown that early childhood education programs deliver significant, measurable returns. For example, one North Carolina study found that disadvantaged children who received early childhood education had lower blood pressure, lower levels of heart disease risk factors and other positive health outcomes, than their peers.
In 2015, Impact Alamance invested $65,850 in Early Childhood initiatives, including efforts to spread critical pre-reading and early literacy skills that have been proven to help children do better in school. We also conducted a baseline study to better understand the health challenges young children entering the school system face. We expect these investments to grow substantially in the future.