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Your gift to 4C has the power to solve some of Indiana's thorniest problems: poverty, illegal drug use, alcohol abuse, teen pregnancy, low educational attainment, crime, and a workforce that is unprepared for 21st century careers. Your gift to 4C says "Yes, we can make our community a healthier and more vibrant place to grow, learn, and live!" when so many others say, "No, it's impossible."
A number of the problems our community is struggling with can be addressed by improving the affordability, accessibility and quality of child care and early childhood education—4C’s mission.
Sadly, in Indiana high quality early care and education is far from the norm. 4C is working to change that. With your support, we will.
With your support, 4C can make sure that families have a good selection of high quality child cares to choose from. With your support, we can make it easier for families to identify high quality care and, if they qualify, apply for financial assistance to make high quality care more affordable.
One of the best things about partnering with 4C is that you are investing in lasting, systemic change. While 4C is working diligently one family and one provider at a time, we are also working at the state and national levels to affect positive change. 4C serves as a resource to legislators, business leaders, and decision makers. Our combined efforts resulted in the first ever investment into early childhood education by the State of Indiana—a two million dollar, pilot early education scholarship program for four year olds in poverty. Though this pilot program is a triumph, it is just the beginning.
Nearly 70% of children in Southwest Indiana enter kindergarten without the benefit of early education. These children lag behind their peers and the achievement gap widens over time. Your gift will help 4C see to it that Indiana not only comes up from the bottom of national rankings on how we care for and educate our young children, but instead assumes a leadership role that fulfills our vision: Communities across Southwestern Indiana value the success of all children as one of their highest priorities and equip every child at an early age with the resources needed to be successful.
Every child deserves an optimal start in school. Working families deserve accessible, affordable child care and preschool options. Employers deserve a productive, skilled workforce. You deserve to be part of this important mission—especially during this critical time in Indiana when the promise of safe, healthy, and positive learning experiences for our young children is so close, but just out of reach.