Dreams and Opportunities for Children
Every child deserves a legacy
hundred years from now, it will not matter, what my bank account was, how big my
house was, or what kind of car I drove. But the world may be a little better,
because I was important in the life of a child."
age five, a child's brain has reached 95% of its adult size and is four times
its size at birth. A toddler's brain has twice as many connections among its 100
billion neurons as the brain of an adult.
Laureate economist James Heckman has concluded that one-half of the achievement
gap evident at the end of high school is present before children start
early childhood programs have been credited with reducing the likelihood of a
child being held back a grade, needing special education services, dropping out
of high school, and even becoming a teen parent and living in poverty.
childhood initiative announced by Gilmore Foundation seeks to improve the state
of early childhood education in
, where too many children come to school unprepared to learn.
children do not need to be taught using the same methods and materials that are
used with first and second graders. The challenge for parents, grandparents,
preschool teachers, or childcare providers is to develop enjoyable, educational
language activities that also engage and develop children's interests, social
competencies, and emotional health.
children simply do not have early opportunities to develop a love for language
and reading. Not having those opportunities can have devastating effects on a
child's success in school. For many children, being left behind does not begin
in elementary school -- it begins in the years between the crib and the
an advocate of life-long learning in
, I propose significant reforms affecting early childhood education. A child who
is exposed to letters, words, number and conversations will be more ready to
learn, and a child who is not, will face sometimes insurmountable obstacles in
learning. While the best place to receive this early childhood education is from
loving parents who are aware of ways to foster a child’s positive development,
we must recognize that the ideal is not always attainable or practical.”2
initiative expects to reach over 3,000 children and their families the first
year. Our goal is to give families the tools necessary to see that their child
has the opportunity to succeed in the first major step in their life. It is a
special day when a child enters the ‘
’. We want to make sure they are prepared for this day and the life that lies
ahead of them.
brings a number of private and public partners together for a common cause-
Giving our Children Hope, Dreams and Opportunities.
Gilmore Foundation, Inc.
Childhood Institute at