Little Saints Pic1 April 2016

Thanks to individuals and organizations who invested in Livingston Promise, we were able to provide scholarships to eleven (11) Livingston County three-year-old children for the 2015-16 school-year who may not have otherwise had the opportunity to have a quality preschool experience.

Quality early childhood experiences are the foundation of the cognitive and character skills children must have to persist in school and be successful in college, career and life.  Here are what a few parents had to say:

“My child needed help due to [his/her] speech delay, but did not qualify for traditional services.  The scholarship gave [him/her] the opportunity to attend school and receive the services [he/she] needed.”

“My child has had a very productive year and has learned many skills to set her up for success in school. Thanks to the team at her preschool we were able to identify some of my child’s challenging behaviors and work towards helping her find the tools to be productive in a class setting. That early intervention is so important and it has given my child a positive view on school which otherwise could have become negative.”

“The scholarship gave my daughter the chance to start school right away and very close to our home. I was able to see what areas she needed work on and also learn how far she was in other areas with children her age. She’s able to see, play and interact with other kids her age. She’s gotten more structure and listens to direction a lot better at home. It’s been a true gift that Livingston promise made possible for both of us. Thank you!”

Livingston Promise partnered with 6 local preschools this year including:  Little Country Kids (Howell), Little Saints (Hartland), Down on the Farm (Pinckney), Little Glads (Fowlerville), LOL Preschool (Brighton) and Howell Early Learning Center (Howell).  Our providers all reported significant improvement in the social emotional development of the children throughout the year.

Positive social and emotional development provides a critical foundation for lifelong development and learning. In early childhood, social and emotional well-being predicts favorable social, behavioral, and academic adjustment into middle childhood and adolescence. It helps children navigate new environments, facilitates the development of supportive relationships with peers and adults, and supports their ability to participate in learning activities.  Read more on social & emotional development here.

Funding for scholarships is garnered through private donations by businesses, community organizations and individuals.  As we continue to grow funding we can offer more scholarships to more families in Livingston County.

Click here to donate to Livingston Promise.  All donations are tax-deductible.