Early Childhood Education
Giving Children a Strong Start
We all benefit when every child from the earliest age has a strong developmental start. RCUW funds programs that improve developmental opportunities for lower-income, at-risk children. We seek to address the following challenges:
- Access to affordable, quality preschool and childcare
- Access to other early childhood development programs that promote literacy, kindergarten preparation or parenting skills
- Childhood food insecurity
- Childhood mental health
- Need for more and better qualified preschool teachers
Early Childhood Education in Routt County
At any given time there are only 40 slots for infant child care in Routt County for approximately 450 babies.
*Family Development Center
There is a 90 to 100% chance of developmental delay when children experience 5 or more risk factors.
*Center on the Developing Child, Harvard University
RCUW has provided more than $1.2 million to early childhood education since 2000.
97% of 4 year-olds in Routt County who are attending early learning programs are ready for Kindergarten.
A two-parent household with two preschool age children were like many families struggling to make ends meet. Then the father was diagnosed with some physical and mental illnesses. He lost his ability to drive or help to take care of his children. The family went from two incomes to one, and now has additional stressors. Discovery Learning Center was able to offer the family a substantial Routt County United Way scholarship so that both children are able to attend schooling five days per week. Both children were developmentally younger than their chronological age when they began preschool, but after a year of attendance, both children have caught up to their peers.