Amid the affluence of Palm Beach County, more than 25% of families with young children are living in poverty. More than 90% of the children we serve are living at or below the Federal Poverty Level, and 65% are from single-parent homes. More often than not, our parents are the working poor, employed in minimum-wage jobs, disabled, enrolled in career training programs, still in high school, or working their way through college. They want a better life for their children away from the daily struggles of poverty, and we work to ensure that they receive the best possible start in life by establishing a solid foundation of knowledge, trust, understanding and tolerance in every child.
Exceptional preschool programs, enhanced with a structured after-school program for grade-school children, fill an important niche for economically struggling parents who have limited options for making the most of their child’s learning potential. Children who attend a quality preschool such as FFCDC are:
- 44% less likely to repeat a grade
- 41% less likely to require special education services
- 42% less likely to experience a teen pregnancy
- 29% more likely to graduate from high school
Our accomplishments demonstrate our Centers’ importance to the future of our children. For example, in the past ten years, 99.9% of our Head Start graduates and after-school program participants have not repeated a grade in elementary school.
In 2014, our staff and children achieved the following goals:
- 95% of toddlers and infants showed improvement in more than one area of development
- 82% of 126 pre-K graduates passed the school readiness test administered at the beginning of the kindergarten year
- 98% of 175 after-school, elementary-age children were promoted to the next grade in school