Policymakers see early learning in action at Educare schools

Educare Winnebago and Educare Kansas City recently welcomed policymakers to tour their schools and learn more about early education and how it can help transform communities.

US Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell visited Educare Winnebago on August 3. Her focus on economic development and educational opportunities lead her to the Winnebago Indian Reservation in northeast Nebraska and to the work that Educare is doing to help Native American children and their families get a strong start in school and life.

“Tribal communities are where our work intersects with people,” Jewell said. “And where you can really see that the work you do, makes a difference. So to be out here to see a place like this Educare facility that we are in, to meet the tribal leaders and see their commitment, to meet their businesses and how they’re trying to provide great economic opportunity for tribes, that fills the soul in a way that doesn’t always happen in other parts of my job.”

Learning strategies can help close the achievement gap for at-risk children

The next week, on August 8, Sen. Pat Roberts visited Children’s Campus of Kansas City, home of Educare Kansas City, to discuss how early learning strategies can help close the achievement gap for at-risk children.

The Children’s Campus houses three nonprofit organizations that provide a services focused on the health and wellness of children from birth to age five. That includes nearly 150 students at Educare Kansas City, which provides high-quality early childhood education for low-income children and their families.

“I am pleased to visit Children’s Campus to see firsthand a local partnership trying new methods to teach and nurture low-income children in a facility specifically designed for their needs,” Sen. Roberts said. “These children are the most vulnerable in our society, and it is very encouraging to see a community harness the resources it has, like the University of Kansas Medical Center, LISC, Wyandotte County and other organizations by working together to meet the educational and developmental needs of at-risk children. Reading to these kids is a great way to start the day, and I hope they are off to a great start for the year.”

Visits like these are part of Educare’s commitment to being a platform for long-term policy change. Educare schools across the country are helping to strengthen public investments in high-quality, research-based early learning programs.

 

Photo credit: Brian Davidson