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Improving Educational Success

All children and youth should have the opportunity to thrive.

Strategy 1:
Expand quality out of school programing 

What this means:

Many children depend on non-academic support services that help in the development of healthy behaviors. This can include access to food, extracurricular activities, mentoring, and early intervention for exposure to trauma.

Desired Community Outcomes
  • Increased educational enrichment when school is on break

  • Reduced risky behaviors in youth and young adults

  • Increased year-round food access for youth and young adults

  • Increased staff trained in Trauma Informed Care/ Evidence Based Programming

Strategy 2:
Build social, emotional, and language skills 

What this means:

The social and emotional health of children age 0 to 6 is directly linked to school success and future mental health. We support high-quality affordable childcare and other programs that help young children become ready to learn.

Desired Community Outcomes

Expanding affordable early childhood programs was ranked a high priority by 88% of organizations on the Cape.

Bridgewater State University: Community Needs Assessment. 2014

45.5% of Barnstable, 50.8% of Martha’s Vineyard, and 45.3% of Nantucket children fall into the “high needs” category, meaning they are either low income, economically disadvantaged, an English language learner, or a student with disabilities.

Massachusetts Department of Education. School and District Profiles, 2018

Programs for early intervention to address behavioral and developmental Issues have a 63% gap in service delivery. 

Bridgewater State University: Community Needs Assessment, 2014

The average yearly cost of care for an infant in a childcare center in MA is more than $20,000, compared to a year of public university tuition of $12,000.

ChildCare Aware of America, 2018

  • Increased access to high-quality affordable childcare

  • Increased school readiness

  • Increased early literacy supports

  • Increased staff trained in Trauma Informed Care/ Evidence Based Programming

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