Did You Know?
Ninety percent of brain development occurs during a child’s first five years of life. This is why high-quality, accessible and affordable early education is so essential. A child’s learning environment during those formative years drives social, emotional and academic success in kindergarten and beyond.
How We’re Working:
The United Way Bold Goals Coalition has a number of initiatives working to increase the capacity and quality of early education in Central Alabama. Here are just a few ways we’re creating impact:
- Early Learning Acceleration Institute (ELAI) participants receive technical assistance and curriculum support, business development training, coaching in grant writing and up to $25,000 for facility improvements that will support program expansion and enhance program quality.
- ELAI recently awarded three childcare centers critical infrastructure grants to create 80 additional childcare slots that will increase access to high-quality, affordable childcare in the region.
Providers of Early Childhood Education Shoot for the STARS, and Succeed
United Way of Central Alabama, along with partners in the United Way Bold Goals Coalition, gathered to celebrate the hard work of local childcare programs participating in the Alabama Quality STARS “Quality Rating and Improvement System” (QRIS).Learn More