Early Childhood

Multiple studies show that children with engaged parents, who attend a quality preschool program and those who participate in effective school partnerships perform better in school, are less likely end up on public assistance and/or to turn to crime later in life and are ultimately happier and earn more in their lifetimes.

The Chance Project employs a multi-pronged approach designed to maximize the power of early childhood education and family development.

We have established partnerships with school districts, non-profits, and faith based organizations to provide the highest quality early childhood education services to the most vulnerable children and families throughout Southern California.

We create and support partnerships with early childhood education organizations to expand universal access to all children and families who desire it. This is truly the only way to improve the American education system.

Our K-12 Partnership provide access and support to quality K-12 experiences regardless of location or family income level.

The I READ (READY, EAGER, ABLE, DEVELOPED) (2014-2017)

The I READ (Ready, Eager, Able, Developed) Initiative focused on an important predictor of school success and high school graduation—grade-level reading by the end of third grade. Research shows that children who fall behind early in their education are unlikely to ever catch up. If a child does not attain a solid educational foundation in reading by the end of 3rd Grade, he or she will likely struggle for the rest of their lives.

Purpose

The I READ Initiative had three primary purposes:

1. To provide disadvantaged children access to literacy services and materials and ensure they are able to read at or above grade-level by the end of third grade.

2. Where families didn’t have access to quality early education facilities, to empower parents to be the first and best educators of their children.

3. To ensure coordination among the organizations serving these populations to leverage resources, avoid duplication of effort and act collectively to maximize impact.

Results

The I READ Initiative was responsible for the distribution of over 135,000 books in San Bernardino County in 2014 and over 54,000 books in 2015. In 2016, this group partnered with Footsteps2Brilliance, a transformative pre-K through 3rd grade literacy solution that utilizes mobile technology to connect school, home, and the community for academic success. Its innovative Mobile Technology Platform allows comprehensive literacy apps to be accessed online or offline from any mobile device (Apple or Android) or traditional computer. This enables school districts, for the first time ever, to leverage the mobile devices that parents already own. In 2017, this platform was made available free to every child in San Bernardino County.

Early Head Start/Child Care Partnerships

This project involved increasing the quantity and quality of early education for disadvantaged children and families in San Diego County as well as in Downtown and South Central Los Angeles. This effort led to collaborations of over 13 organizations in San Diego and over 15 in Los Angeles offering greatly improved facilities, better trained teaching staff and higher quality early education opportunities to over 250 of the most at-risk children in these areas.