Date: Tuesday, January 9, 2024
Time: 9:30 AM
Location: Epiphany Lutheran Church, 1100 Colonial Road, Harrisburg, PA 17112
Light morning refreshments will be served.
Please note: We will communicate by the afternoon of Monday, January 8 if the meeting is changed to Zoom due to inclement weather.
Children are at risk of low academic performance (Low academic performance is a person’s ability to meet the minimum academic standards of an educational institution.) throughout the state. Based on the calculation of each county’s Average Risk Level, children in 40 counties (60 percent) are at moderate-high or high risk of low academic performance. Every county that The Foundation for Enhancing Communities (TFEC) serves has children affected by risk factors for low academic performance.
- Dauphin: high risk
- Lebanon: moderate-high risk
- Perry: moderate-high risk
- Cumberland: low risk
- Dillsburg: moderate-high risk
- Franklin: moderate-high risk
For example, in one landmark study, advantaged children in the U.S. heard as many as 30 million more words by the age of three than children whose families were receiving public assistance.
In the same study, children from more advantaged families received much more praise and encouragement than children from less advantaged families (vs. reprimands, warnings, or scolding).
As a result, TFEC has launched a parent/caregiver campaign in 2023 entitled The Basics Movement. The Basics Strategy is grounded in five proven, science-based principles for early learning and brain development. By using sociological saturation within communities in TFEC’s service area, families can learn these techniques from trusted providers. In turn, children can then experience the development they need from birth to age 5 to be ready to succeed in school and life. Achievement disparities between children from different racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic backgrounds will shrink, as children from all backgrounds start school better prepared.
Please come join us to hear more about this grant opportunity for Dauphin and Perry counties.