All of Us Have a Stake in the Future of Every Child’s Life.
We are a collaborative team of early childhood advocates dedicated to the vision of bringing comprehensive, high-quality services to children and their families. We believe that our future depends on investing in children, for it is in the hands of our children that the communities of tomorrow will be built. VIEW OUR STAFF & PARTNERS
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It Takes a System
Families should have equal access to the resources their children need for successful early development. A comprehensive early childhood system coordinates and integrates these resources into four “domains” that pertain to early childhood:
1. Early Learning
2. Physical Health;
3. Family Support and Parent Education;
4. Social, Emotional and Mental Health;
This system of resources can be complicated, fragmented and uncoordinated, leaving families frustrated and unable to get the help they need. The Early Childhood Council of La Plata County strives to provide a structure through collaborative partnerships to impact these services in each domain.
This work cannot be done without the cooperation and support from our community partners who understand that addressing the needs of the whole child and their family is essential to building a healthier community.
Investing in Early Childhood Makes Economic Sense
The long-term impacts of investing in high-quality early childhood translate into significant public and private benefits, with returns far exceeding the costs. Research shows that investing in early childhood development provides 10% per annum return to society through increased personal achievement and social productivity. The most economically efficient time to develop skills and social abilities is in the very early years when developmental education is most effective.
A child who falls behind may never catch up. Research shows that when young children don’t receive quality child care, nurturing, nutrition, parental/caregiver interaction, and stimulus during this crucial period, the child may be left with a developmental deficit that hampers his or her success in preschool, kindergarten, and beyond. Today’s record rates of high school drop-outs, lack of college graduates, increasing rates of obesity and chronic diseases, rising crime and a growing underclass are real costs to communities and society. Prevention through early childhood development is more life and cost-effective than remediation.
Investing in early childhood simply makes economic sense. Yet while scientists and economists agree that investments in children’s early growth and development offer the best return on the dollar, early education receives far less funding than K-12 and higher education.
The Early Childhood Council of La Plata County acts on behalf of young children through advocating for policies and regulations that support early childhood development. A recent success story is the creation by the Governor of an Early Childhood Leadership Commission (S.B. 195) that assembles leaders from around the state to improve and support a coordinated, comprehensive early childhood service delivery system. For more information on this state bill, click here