As members of the ADF Board of Directors, we are totally committed to advancing early childhood education. We know that early childhood education has a direct impact on children and their education. It affects your future economic, health, and social well-being as well. Investing in children when they are ages 0-5 encourages them to develop character skills such as self-control, concentration, motivation, and sociability, thus creating good citizens succeeding in school, health, career, and life.
The evidence is clear. Several studies show proven benefits of investing in early childhood development, particularly to “at-risk” children. Renowned expert in the economics of human development, Professor James Heckman, recently published an article combining results from multiple studies showing:
- $7 return on investment for every $1 invested
- Preschool participants more likely to graduate from high school and less likely to be held back or arrested
- 5% increase in male high school graduation rates projected to save Louisiana $164 million in annual criminal justice costs
Geoff Nagle, Ph.D., Director of Tulane University Institute of Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health, reports that “35.3% of children under age 5 in Louisiana are at risk of entering school already behind.” Even during a budget crisis, investment in early childhood education is proven to be one of the most effective ways to improve the economy. As Heckman claims, “Louisiana can address [problems such as poor health, dropout rates, poverty, and crime] and substantially reduce their cost to taxpayers by investing in developmental opportunities for at-risk children.”
We are giving to this effort both through our time and our resources. Please join us. Your valued donation will enable ADF to continue improving learning outcomes for all our children through programs encouraging parental engagement, teacher training and grants, and “free community education” events featuring state and national experts in early childhood. Today, others join us as well including ExxonMobil, Credit Bureau of Baton Rouge Foundation, Louisiana Public Facilities Authority, Baton Rouge Area Foundation, and Boo Grigsby Foundation. They know that EVERY dollar counts now and leaves a legacy for a stronger Louisiana. You can see the awakening statistics in the enclosed brochure. Just tear off the perforated card at the bottom and mail it to us with your kind donation. Invest with us. Invest in our children. Invest in your future.
Matt Saurage Anna Kathryne Kronenberger
Chairman, ADF Board of Directors Secretary, ADF Board of Directors
Chairman of the Board, Community Coffee Company Counsel, CB&I