The Center for Hunger-Free Communities

Solutions Based on Science and the Human Experience

“We used to have a recreational center, and after the kids would get off of school the police officers would watch over the children. They don’t have it anymore. They shut it down. You notice there are more kids on the street, more kids who don’t have anywhere else to go. If you open the recreation centers up right after school, the parents might still be able to work. That’s what I did until my mother got off work. My mom couldn’t afford camps so I had to do everything that was free. They need to bring back way more programs for the youth.”

Early Childhood Education

All babies and toddlers need positive early learning experiences to foster their intellectual, social and emotional development.  Young children living in high-risk environments need additional supports to promote their healthy growth and development.  High quality early childhood education has been show to improve child development and school readiness.  It also supports families that are entering the workforce.

Current Issue

Federal and state funding for early childhood education programs has been hit hard by budget cuts.  Urge your elected leaders to reverse such short-sighted cost-cutting efforts and invest in our children's future.

 

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