Attacking the Achievement Gap
As a country, America looks to education as a road to equal opportunity--the great equalizer for achieving the American dream. But the sad fact is that not all children get a fair shot at that dream. Too many children arrive at kindergarten already behind and far too many will not catch up. These children are 50% more likely to be placed in special education classes; 25% more likely to drop out of school; 40% more likely to become a teen parent, and 70% more likely to be arrested for a violent crime.
Educare, a network of over 17 schools replicated across the nation, is based on research and its practices are aimed at preventing the achievement gap.
A Comprehensive Program
A 501(c)(3) charitable organization, Educare Arizona is part of a national network of Educare schools that is dramatically changing the life trajectories of thousands of children growing up in families facing the greatest obstacles to success—and changing the way America thinks about early education. Based on research, our school is a comprehensive early childhood program aimed at preventing the achievement gap that takes root between children in poverty and their more resourced peers long before they enter kindergarten. Independent research shows the model works. Experience across the network of Educare schools demonstrates that Educare is a powerful catalyst for improving early childhood practice, informing early childhood policy, and cultivating new private and public investments in the first five years of learning.
A state of the art, full-day, year round school, Educare Arizona serves children from birth to five years. Embracing our community’s most vulnerable children with programming and instructional support that develop early skills and nurture strong parent-child relationships, Educare Arizona creates the foundation for successful learning.
Educare Arizona’s Mission
Educare Arizona’s mission is to ensure vulnerable young children and their families are successful in school and life by providing quality early childhood learning, family support and health care and by acting as an unequivocal voice for early childhood policy and practice.
To achieve our mission, Educare serves as:
- A Partnership between the private and public sectors to create a high-quality, birth-to-five program that achieves higher levels of quality.
- A Place that nurtures early learning, is a beacon of hope for the community, and sends a firm message that we must invest in early childhood -- because children are born learning.
- A Program to prepare young, low-income children for school by implementing the approaches and practices that science tells us are necessary to help young children grow up safe, healthy, and eager to learn.
- A Platform for Change, serving as a “showroom for quality” and a catalyst to drive broader policy and systems change in our state and nationally.