In this new year, we are thrilled to be serving more families than ever!
More than 3,000 young learners attended our 106 partner Preschools in 2022. When we expanded to Huber Heights last year, we increased our reach across Montgomery County.
And one more exciting piece of news — 150 teachers are earning a degree or credential through our Promise Scholars program. Their commitment to being their best for children is so inspiring.
In 2023, we’ll be focusing more directly on supporting children from Birth to age 3. For example, we’ve begun a Reaching for Readiness initiative, using home visitors who are regularly meeting with 40 families to help their children develop on track and to connect moms, dads and caregivers to community resources.
We highlighted our partnership with Help Me Grow in this article in the Dayton Daily News. “I have learned so much about interacting with my children and see a huge difference in the way that they respond when I talk to them,” one client said.
Many early learning programs continue to struggle to hire the staff they need to keep classrooms open. Nearly 2,000 Montgomery County children were on waiting lists, and at least 300 early learning positions were unfilled, according to our informal Fall 2022 survey. Child care staff are the workforce behind the workforce.
We are thankful for the support of Montgomery County and the City of Dayton. They believe the first five years matter.
Robyn Lightcap, Executive Director