Why Early Learning?
Understanding the importance of what high quality early education can do to improve K-12 programs and outcomes, leaders from the business community, education and philanthropy came together in 2010 to develop a robust strategy for closing the achievement gap in Silicon Valley schools and to improve the delivery of early childhood education programs.
Led by the Franklin-McKinley School District, The David and Lucile Packard Foundation, Silicon Valley Leadership Group, East Side Union High School District and Santa Clara County Office of Education, the group initiated a process to open the first “Educare” school in Silicon Valley, a school where the best in teacher training and quality care could be demonstrated.
Education is the road to opportunity and the cornerstone of Silicon Valley’s innovation economy. However, there remains a persistent achievement gap in our region and state, which leaves many children unprepared for the demands of school and their futures.
Studies show that the learning gap for low-income children becomes apparent as early as nine months of age. Early language skills, as well as social-emotional development and school-readiness indicators, are powerful predictors for success in school and life. Extensive research also tells us that changing the first five years changes everything.
We know what works to close the achievement gap: high-quality, intensive education interventions in early childhood delivered by skilled, trained teachers.
Educare seeks to prevent the achievement gap from taking root in the early years of a child’s life by training Silicon Valley’s early childhood education teachers and professionals in scientifically proven best practices at a state-of-the-art teacher-training center and model school located in the Franklin-McKinley School District in Silicon Valley.
Educare is an opportunity to prepare early childhood education teachers, impact our community, transform early education practices county and state, and to reform public education policy.
Educare offers a bold vision for Silicon Valley and California that will improve our schools, better prepare our students and impact our economy.
“Every dollar we invest in high-quality early education can save more than seven dollars later on – by boosting graduation rates, reducing teen pregnancy, even reducing violent crime.” – President Barack Obama, 2013 State of the Union Address.