What is Title 1?

Title I is one of the federal funding streams that supplements how much money each state allocates for schools. There are other “Title” funds too, I-VII, all aiming to aid students who have burdens that may get in the way of accessing an equitable education. These burdens include poverty, homelessness, living in state-run institutions, living in isolated rural districts, and those still learning the English language. (There is a separate funding stream for students with disabilities.)

According to the U.S. Department of Education, Title I was created “to ensure economically disadvantaged children receive a fair, equitable, and high-quality education, by helping to close academic achievement gaps.”

More on Title I
More on Title I

What is Head Start?

According to the Office of the Administration for Children & Families, Head Start programs promote the school readiness of infants, toddlers, and preschool-aged children from low-income families. Services are provided in a variety of settings including centers, family child care, and children's own home. Head Start programs also engage parents or other key family members in positive relationships, with a focus on family wellbeing. Parents participate in leadership roles, including having a say in program operations.

More on Head Start
More on Head Start

What’s the best way we can help the kids who need us the most?

The opportunity for us to make a difference has grown, and we're trying to keep up. If you can help us meet or exceed last year's Giving Tuesday results of $22,000, we'll be able to add another 500 kids to our team and fully support them all year. Our early literacy and active play programs are always free to the kids, families, Head Start centers, and schools that we partner with. Thank you!

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Our work

We're on a mission to have a child's chance of success grow with them.

We work with Head Start Centers as well as Title 1 Schools (where more than half of the students live below the Federal Poverty Level) allowing us to effectively reach families with newborns up to sixth graders. We are the only nonprofit we know of that merges active play with reading and improved learning. Our early childhood programs offer appropriate activities and support materials for the youngest learners (up to age 3). Our Head Start programs are designed for the 4 and 5-year-olds, and our Elementary programs take a child up through the sixth grade. All three phases are linked by design, so a child’s progress is sequential and deliberate.

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Early literacy programs

By fourth grade, only 1 in 5 kids in poverty are reading at grade level.

We knew we had to do something. Research shows that books in the home are a reliable predictor of a child’s academic success.

Early literacy programs
Early literacy programs
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Active play programs

Active play helps get kids ready to learn.

We saw the positive impact active play had in the classroom, and created simple programs to help teachers bring movement back into the school day.

Active play programs
Active play programs
stories from the community

When Danielle laughs, everyone laughs!

The next
generation.

We believe that all our programs work together to provide solid building blocks supporting future academic success. None of which would be possible without your support. Thank you!