Building a state-of-the-art early childhood facility sends a powerful message to the families who live in this community that we value their children and that we consider them important enough to have a beautiful place like this to attend school every day. So it’s more than a place of learning. It’s a powerful message to the broader community about this work. –Jessie Rasmussen, President, Buffett Early Childhood Fund
A Memorable and Innovative Place
Our Educare school operates a successful pre-K education model that demonstrates how and why society benefits from investing in early childhood education, especially for our most vulnerable children and their families. A landmark 1995 study showed that how fast a children’s vocabulary grows is greatly influenced by how often their parents talk to them.
Children of professionals hear 11 million words on average, while children of working class families hear 6 million words. Children of families on public assistance hear 3 million words–significantly fewer than children from wealthier families.
After visiting Educare Arizona, policy makers, business leaders, philanthropists, and others say they much better understand the value of our unique program for children who grow up in underprivileged homes. Visitors also come to realize that creating effective programming and resources for underserved children is well worth the investment of time, money, and resources to benefit these children and society in general.
Educare Arizona incorporates the following values into daily life at our school:
Feeling and expressing care, kindness, and sensitivity toward another person’s distress and wanting to alleviate it.
Being strongly committed to and supportive of a person, group, or cause.
Being honest, fair, and trustworthy; being whole and complete.
Including and valuing people in a group or organization who come from different races, ethnicities, cultures, and backgrounds.