Learning Starts Early

A Fund of the Northern Piedmont Community Foundation

unnamed-3Our Mission

Ensure that every child in the county has access to all of the opportunities necessary to be ready for kindergarten and to succeed in school and in the workforce.

Rationale

Last year in Fauquier County, nearly 1 in 5 children entering kindergarten did not meet the reading readiness benchmarks established by the state.  Often they never catch up. These children are at a much greater risk of being unskilled and facing difficult obstacles in life, which is detrimental to the individuals and society.

Additionally, 166 children (22%) entering kindergarten in Fauquier County Public Schools last year did not attend any formal or institutional pre-kindergarten program or were in the care of an unlicensed childcare provider. A substantial body of research spanning decades proves that high quality preschool education can substantially improve the learning and development of all young children, and especially children from low income families, children whose parents lack high school diplomas, or children without homes.

Local Programs Benefitting At-Risk Kids of Preschool Age

Head Start and the Virginia Preschool Initiative work together to coordinate services to best serve their students and families. Both have substantial funding needs in order to provide the highest quality preschool education.

The Learning Starts Early Fund will donate all of the proceeds from the Gobble, Gobble, Run or Wobble 5K and Kids Run to meet one or more of the following needs:

  • Increase the number of classrooms
  • Parent resource programs
  • Classroom materials, including educational technology to enhance traditional instruction
  • Before and after-school daycare for working families
  • Field trips and other important special learning experiences