Here is the problem:
“… childhood poverty comes at great cost to the general public … including higher welfare costs, jail time, and criminal behavior when these children reach adolescence and adulthood (Halpern, 2005).
Here is the solution:
“… investments in programs that can assist children who begin life at significant disadvantage are likely to be more efficient and cost-effective than later efforts to remediate the difficulty that disadvantageous circumstances have created and sustained. Thompson, Lagattuta, Rivera, Work Skill Development and Early Childhood Investment, Center for Public Policy Research, p.27, 2005.
More and more research supports investing in early childhood development programs. Returns on investment range from 2:1 to 17:1. Those are rates of return most investors never see!
United Way of Central Jersey invites you to join those who have already chosen to focus on preventing problems from developing in our community. By focusing on children and families, UWCJ seeks to achieve long-lasting change.
“…high quality, educational child care and preschool for low-income children by age 15 reduces special education placements and grade retentions by 50% compared to controls; by age 21, more than doubles the proportion attending 4-year college and reduces percentage of teenage parents by 44% (US Department of Education, December 2003, p. iii as cited by Halpern, 2005)
Thank you for helping in your community in the past. I know most people care about their local communities – especially now, when so many families are having to grapple with lost jobs and higher costs. If you have already made a donation this year, please accept our thanks.
What if you do not help?
Here are just a few of the consequences:
Why is it up to you?
What can you do with $2 a week?
All people, no matter what their position or means, have a role to play in advancing the common good. Your investment is needed more today because of the extraordinary crisis in our economy. Please give generously: http://www.itilive.net/Donate.html
If you have something better to do with your $2 a week, then I’d like to hear about it.
Please call me to discuss: 732 247-3727
Gloria Aftanski, President
Chief Professional Officer