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Capital Beginnings
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Capital Beginnings is a dynamic early learning and school readiness initiative of The Foundation for Enhancing Communities (TFEC) serving children and families in the Capital Region. Our goal is to provide learning opportunities that improve school readiness by increasing the overall quality of early learning available to underserved children from birth to age five. This is vitally important because children who are not prepared for kindergarten, start behind, and stay behind throughout their entire school career.


The Capital Beginnings program was originally funded through a grant from the Office of Child Development and Early Learning of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. This grant program was eliminated in the 2012-2013 budget. TFEC, however, remains committed to this program and is actively seeking grant support to sustain the program.


In order for a child to succeed, there needs to be a strong relationship between the family, school and the community. Studies have shown that for every $1.00 spent on high-quality early learning, $7.00 to $13.00 will be saved in future costs. Capital Beginnings partners with families, schools and community organizations to help children develop to their fullest potential.
Positive efforts in early learning result in:
  • Higher probability that students will complete school and continue on to higher education
  • Lower costs for providing remedial and special education services
  • Higher incomes and tax payments from those who complete school
  • Lower criminal justice and prison costs
  • Better job preparedness and the ability to meet future labor force demands

Capital Beginnings reaches children and families not currently being served in an early childhood program; children on waiting lists for Head Start, families in shelters and using food pantries, stay at home families and families where one or both parents are incarcerated.
Capital Beginnings promotes the importance of early literacy by providing:
  • Programs in school readiness
  • Programs on parent engagement and education
  • Professional development for both preschool and kindergarten teachers
  • Screenings for developmental and social/emotional needs

Lasting Changes

Capital Beginnings uses early literacy as the keystone of its engagement and education activities. The foundation for literacy is laid long before the child enters school. Early language skills, the basis for reading ability and school readiness, are based primarily on language exposure, resulting from parents and others talking to young children. However, one in four children grows up not learning how to read.  Capital Beginnings uses early literacy as the cornerstone of all activities and works with a number of community partners to bring literacy and readiness to families in Dauphin County.

This program has an immediate, and long-term, positive affect on the lives of children in our community.

Donate To Capital Beginnings

With your continued monetary support and supply donations, Capital Beginnings will continue to provide these vital services.

Monetary Donations
If you would like to make a monetary donation to supplied Capital Beginnings, please click here.

Clicking this link will take you to TFEC's PayPal page to process your online donation.
Book Donations
New or gently used books are welcome! If you are looking for a good home for the books your family has outgrown we can find them a good home. Books are distributed throughout the Capital Region to underprivileged families who don’t have books in their homes.

If you would like to make a donation of books, please contact Jeanne Predmore, Capital Beginnings Project Manager, at
School Supply Donations
Unfortunately, not all families are able to provide crayons, scissors, glue sticks and pencils for their children of any age level to be able to do their homework at home. Some families of preschool-aged children may not be able to purchase the supplies needed to make sure they have the skills ready to learn.

Capital Beginnings has started an initiative to get “School Toolkits” into children’s hands. For only $10, Capital Beginnings will provide a school toolkit to an underserved child in Dauphin County with:
  • Crayons
  • Scissors
  • Pens
  • Pencils
  • Pencil sharpener
  • Eraser
  • Glue sticks
  • Markers
  • Ruler
  • Highlighter
  • Pencil case to hold everything
If you would like to make a monetary donation to help purchase supplies for school toolkits or make a donation of school supplies, please contact Jeanne Predmore, Capital Beginnings Project Manager, at

News & Events 
For more information on any of these events, please contact Jeanne Predmore at

Warm a Heart, Give them a Start
School Supply Drive
During Valentine’s Week, February 9 – 13, Capital Beginnings will be holding a school supply fundraiser at Strawberry Square in Harrisburg. We will be accepting monetary donations, which will be used to purchase school supplies, or donations of school supplies, such as markers, crayons, etc. School supplies will be given to local children in Dauphin County to make sure they have the necessary items to complete their homework.

Date: February 9 – 13, 2015
Time: 11:00am - 1:00pm
Location: Strawberry Square, 11 North 3rd Street, Harrisburg, PA 17101

Is your child Ready & Registered for Kindergarten?
Click here for more information on school registration.
Click here for more information on kindergarten readiness.

Capital Beginnings is partially funded by:

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The Foundation for Enhancing Communities, 200 North Third Street, P. O. Box 678, Harrisburg, PA 17108-0678,
Telephone: (717) 236-5040, Fax: (717) 231-4463