CLEVELAND, May 2, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Centers for Families and Children (The Centers) launched its 2,000 Days Pledge today, the educational promise to be made by parents and teachers for the benefit of children enrolled in its early learning program. A child's experiences during the first 2,000 days, from birth to kindergarten, have a lasting impact on later success in school and life.
"We only have 2,000 days -- from birth until the first day of Kindergarten -- to get our children ready for success in school and life, so every day counts!" said Sharon Sobol Jordan, President and CEO of The Centers. "We have this same amount of time with our parents to help them get ready to be good advocates for their children and partners with teachers throughout their children's academic careers -- from Kindergarten to high school graduation and beyond."
Parents that take the pledge commit to make every day of the first 2,000 count for their child in three main ways:
Keeping their child in a high quality early learning program for as many days as possible during the first 2,000, and
Partnering with their child's teachers to get their child ready for Kindergarten with the goal of high school graduation, and
Choosing an elementary school that is high performing and compatible with their child's learning style and needs
In return, The Centers pledge to engage parents and children in its integrated approach to Kindergarten-readiness that focuses on key building blocks such as the partnership between parents and teachers, supporting parents as their child's "first teacher," choosing the right elementary school for each child, school readiness in both academic achievement and social/emotional development, mentoring for parents and teachers, and other needed family services.
The Centers, which currently has close to 900 children enrolled in its nine early learning centers and home based program across Greater Cleveland, doesn't take this pledge lightly.
"Research has proven that this is the most crucial developmental stage in a child's life so there is no time to waste," said Sondra Jones, lifelong educator and Vice President of Education Strategy for The Centers. "What parents and teachers do for a child during this critical time can set that child on the path to success for the rest of his or her life. Tragically, a child that enters kindergarten unprepared is more likely to enter high school behind and at greater risk of dropping out before graduation."
The 2,000 Days Pledge was rolled out this week to parents and families enrolled in the early learning program at The Centers.
To learn more about the 2,000 Days Pledge visit TheCentersOhio.org and watch Facebook for updates on how they make every day count.
About The Centers We believe lasting, positive change begins with access to opportunities. We bridge the opportunity gap by connecting as many people as possible to effective health care, education and essential human services. The Centers is one of the oldest and largest nonprofit organizations in Northeast Ohio, serving more than 20,000 people annually in our community. Visit TheCentersOhio.org to learn more.
Contact: Amy Martin 216.325.9222 or [email protected] The Centers for Families and Children