The Foundation of Excellent Early Childhood Education?
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Strong Relationships, Safe Environments, Engaging Experiences
Across the nation and the planet, early education programs and systems were dramatically disrupted by the pandemic. Not only did this have profound impact on families and parents’ ability to remain in the workforce, but also caused delays in important developmental processes of young children.
While some of these delays and setbacks were of an academic nature, it is perhaps even more important to recognize the social and emotional impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Champions for Children directly bolstered the innovative collaboration among the Teton Literacy Center, Jackson Hole Children’s Museum, and Children’s Learning Center to actively provide for kids’ needs throughout the pandemic. Prioritizing safety as well as supporting the mental and emotional health of children, these organizations offered modified in-person opportunities as well as virtual programming — all providing critically-needed relationships, stimulating activities, and emotional connections.
From UNICEF — “Optimal brain development requires a stimulating and enriching environment, adequate nutrition, learning opportunities and social interaction with attentive caregivers. Under the current pandemic context, access to these opportunities will likely be severely restricted, compromising the healthy developmental trajectory of many children. Unsafe conditions, negative interactions and lack of educational opportunities during the early years can lead to irreversible outcomes, which can affect a child’s potential for the remainder of his or her life.”
“Covid-19 not only suspended normal childhood activities such as attending school, interacting with extended family and friends, playing outdoors, and exploring nature but also disrupted the consequent socio-emotional benefits that accrue from children’s engagement in these experiences.”
- Early Childhood Education Journal
“Nearly 90% of the world’s student population — over 1.5 billion learners in 165 countries — have had their learning experiences disrupted by precautions and policies implemented to quell the spread of the disease.”
- Early Childhood Education Journal
Our Mission + Vision
Our mission is to give Teton County’s preschool and after-school children safe places to become a generation that will sustain Teton County’s economy, health, and emotional wellness. And to provide a meaningful place for thoughtful donors to have the most impact on the future of Teton County’s highest-risk children.
Our vision is to make children feel so loved and capable they never need to settle for a lesser way of life. We strive to offer them nurturing and enriching places to land during their school and after-school hours.
We are dedicated to providing at-risk children constructive places to congregate and grow that smooth out income
disparities, improve quality of life, and further decrease already-low crime rates in Teton County.
Despite a massive income disparity, Teton County’s violent crime rates remain more than 24 percent below the national average. Its property crime rate stands about 32 percent lower.
This is in part due to the early education ecosystem at Children’s Learning Center, Teton Literacy Center, and the Jackson Hole Children’s Museum — studies have shown these kinds of nurturing, safe, and educational programs minimize problems among even the most at-risk children.
Our VisionOur vision is to make children feel so loved and capable they never need to settle for a lesser way of life. To offer them nurturing and enriching places to land in their school and after-school hours.
Despite a massive income disparity, Teton County violent crime rates remain more than 24 percent below the national average. Its property crime rates stand about 32 percent lower.
This is in part due to the early education ecosystem at Children’s Learning Center, Teton Literacy Center, and the Jackson Hole Children’s Museum that studies have shown to marginalize problems among the most at-risk children.