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0 To 5 National

The Problems

Access

Many parents and caregivers living in underserved communities do not have the necessary access to comprehensive 0 to 5 programming.


Availability

Access to programs and services is challenging for many. In some areas as little as 3% of facilities offer convenient hours.

 

Affordability 

The cost of ECE is high and can make up a considerable portion of household income for families across income levels. 

Funding

America spends less than $500 per child before age three, while other developed countries spend as much $14,600 per child. This causes hardship for many families. 


Lack of Training Centers

Studies indicate a lack of licensed training centers servicing children from 0 to 3 keep up to 59% of children from receiving help.


Limited Financial Assistance

Estimates show that 24% percent of programs do not accept any form of subsidy thereby excluding many families in need.  

Information

Many parents surveyed about 0 to 5 education assets stated that program information is difficult to access, not interesting or not user friendly.


Ease of Use

Many parent and caregivers find it difficult and confusing to navigate local systems, programs and resources. 


Program Understanding

Many caregivers comment on their inability to understand language, terminology, and resource availability.

The Solution

Increase Availability 


We work to meet people "where they are" by helping families in underserved communities access quality training that is created and taught in a user-friendly manner.


Increase Funding


We work to increase the level of funding for every child in America between the ages of 0 to 5 to at least $10,000 per child per year. 


Our mandate is to help bridge these gaps by getting the necessary training and information to caregivers in a way that suites their needs and situation. 

Collaborating


We work to implement high quality programing in underserved areas including:

 

  • Early childhood centers
  • Daycares centers
  • Public housing complexes
  • Churches

 

Our strategy


To reverse poverty worldwide, GIFT CONNECT has created a global strategic plan based on our four proven powers.

Collaboration

1. The Power Of Collaboration

1+1+1 is not 3. 
It is 111. 
We aim to mobilize thousands of organizations and stakeholders. 

Musician

2. The Power Of Music

Music reaches the hearts of everyone. We aim to engage the worlds leading musicians in creating a We Are The World type 0-5 song. 

Decision Makers

3. The Power Of Opinion Makers

We aim to engage thousands of local opinion makers and activate the media and key stakeholders.

Technology

4. The Power Of Social Reach & Technology

We aim to capitalize on the robust use of

social media and  

mobile devices.


What is 0 to 5?


This powerful video explains in more detail the incredible 0 to 5 training principles.

Watch and listen to see real world examples of parents building their children’s cognitive capacity before age 3.

How It Works

Why are 0 to 5 programs so important?

From a societal perspective

A lack of early childhood education in underserved communities is causing a dramatic increases in poverty, incarceration, and a lack of a qualified workforce. 

  • 1.2 million students a year drop out of America's high schools.

  • 80% of drop outs end up interfacing with the prison system and commit up to 75% of crime in the United States.

  • 1 in 3 American children start kindergarten without the necessary education readiness skills. 

  • America ranks 34th out of 36 first world nations in early childhood education.

  • 1/3 of America’s high school graduates are not workforce-ready for meaningful 21st century jobs.

  • America’s GDP would rise by 2.2 trillion dollars annually if all adults had at least a 6th grade education.

"By the third birthday, a baby needs to be spoken to, sung to, or read to, 25 to 30 million words. At least half an hour a day. By the third birthday, 70% to 80% of the baby’s cognitive capacity is set. That largely defines the child’s ability to succeed in school and career earning levels."

What can you do to help our cause?

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Ways to help

To continue our work in building a 0 to 5 movement, developing powerful training material for parents and increasing connection between underserved communities and adequate resources we need donations. 

If you believe that increasing the opportunities for all children is important, please donate below to give all children equal opportunity to thrive in life.

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GIFT CONNECT is an initiative of the Global Investment Foundation for Tomorrow, Inc., a tax-exempt public charity (Federal Tax ID #20-5545018). All contributions are tax-deductible to the extent allowable by law.

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