Why does Seeds of Learning work so hard for the children and families of Archuleta County?
Research for years has proven how significant the first five years of brain development is. In fact, about 90 percent of the adult brain has grown by age three.
The first five years is a period of opportunity and vulnerability for young children in regard to brain development. Children from low-income families are frequently 18 months behind his/her peers by age four and the gap continues through high school.
Seeds of Learning works hard to keep the cost of tuition down so all children have access to a high quality early care and education, thus providing more children in Archuleta County with opportunity. Seeds know the importance of educating the whole child. We know that social and emotional (socioemotional) abilities and thinking (cognitive) abilities are stronger if developed in the first few years. If we invest in children at an early age, we can make a difference for children and work on closing the achievement gap.
The tuition parents pay only covers 52 percent of the operating budget. Grants, donations and fund-raising events supplement the operating budget. This is why Seeds needs your help.
Please consider attending our annual fund-raising event, “A Little Black Dress Affair,” on March 3. Women, grab your girlfriends, put on your best dress and dancing shoes and join us for a magical, musical experience.
Tickets are on sale now at Seeds of Learning.
For more information, call Lynne or Michelle at 264-5513.
This is a women-only event, no children please.
Remember if we begin to invest in young children, it will increase their cognitive and socioeconomic abilities, reduce crime and teen pregnancies and will help produce a more productive workforce. Look for next week’s article on the indirect impact of supporting our children of Archuleta County.