Literacy

Students unable to read proficiently by third grade are four times more likely to drop out of high school when compared to proficient readers. That number increases significantly when those children come from poverty. Children who attend preschool begin kindergarten one to two years ahead of under resourced children. As these children grow, the gap continues to widen. This is the reason "We Love All God’s Children" was born.

Each one, teach one

Many United Methodist Churches boast large spaces, sitting empty throughout the week. This space offers a tremendous opportunity for churches to host literacy programs, preschools with reduced tuition, or after school mentoring programs. Coupled with enthusiastic volunteers, churches can begin to change the future of literacy one child at a time. The possibilities are as endless as your imagination.

Examples

  • Church preschool providing scholarships for under resourced children
  • Volunteer reading partnership with a local elementary school
  • Little Library for the community
  • Back to school backpack drive

 

Resources:

Early Head Start/Head Start (includes links to funding opportunities for religious organizations)  

Research on impact of model early childhood programs

Zero to Three is a newer, yet already well-respected info/advocacy group in early childhood. 

They offer interesting, brief sources of info on the education of young children:

A Strong Start Matters: Quality Child Care for Babies Must Be a Priority in America

High Quality Childcare: A Critical Ingredient for Nurturing Success

Poverty’s Effect on Infants and Toddlers Infographic

Getting Back to Basics: Building the Foundation for Infants, Toddlers, and Families

The Texas Department of Family and Protective Services’ Minimum Standards for Child Care Centers (includes all information necessary to operate a church school or child care center.)