September 3, 2015
As a parent of a young child, there are all kinds of resources, services, and caring adults that will play a pivotal role in helping your child grow and learn—everyone from preschool teachers to pediatricians, and from speech therapists to school counselors and principals. As you advocate for the best for your children, you can often feel like you are bouncing from service to service, from teacher to teacher, and trying to connect all those dots.
All of these important players care about your family and your child, but they often operate in very different worlds— in particular, the preschool world and the K-12 world. Very rarely do these folks get the opportunity to get together and talk about how to better align what they do to best serve families and children. That is why United Way was so excited to support this summer’s P3SD Conference—bringing together early childhood educators, K-12 leaders, social service providers, and many more to think together about how to connect our dots and create a more cohesive experience for our children and families from P to 3—prenatal to third grade.
Why P3? Well, we know that the early years in a child’s life form a developmental sweet spot when children are growing at a rapid pace. In fact, at birth a baby’s brain is 25% developed, but by age five, a child’s brain is 90% developed so it is extremely important that during these years children are supported, stimulated and loved! We also know that children from low-income families often enter kindergarten up to 60% behind their more affluent peers, and that children who start behind are more likely to stay behind. It takes a community-wide conversation to close this gap before it begins and we know P3SD Conference was just that.
P3SD brought together a diverse array of education champions to being an important conversation about how to align our work so that families can navigate a smoother road from the birth of their children to 3rd grade and beyond. We cannot wait to continue this conversation as San Diego emerges as a leader in this work!
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