Three weeks ago, we had an amazing turnout for the first Minga Forum - where business and community leaders gather to build a deeper understanding of community issues and how to help! Almost 70 business and community leaders from all sectors gathered for breakfast to envision a better future for our youngest citizens.
A BIG THANKS to our host, The Early Learning Coalition of Orange County; to our sponsors, accesso and Castle and Cottage Realty; and to everyone who attended and is interested in creating a better system of early childhood care and education.
NOW WHAT? Heed our CALL TO ENGAGE. Stay connected and informed, spread the word, and find opportunities for you and your companies to take the lead, collaborate with others, and make a real difference in our community. Here’s how --
1. Stay in the loop with Community Seal’s Minga Newsletters as our ideas become opportunities to get involved. Sign up on the home page.
2. Ask colleagues to sign up for the newsletter to grow the movement.
3. Like us on Facebook.
4. Review and share the Minga Infographic on Education on the Newsletter Archive page and look for education-related non-profits and programs to support NOW.
WHY IS THIS SO IMPORTANT? According to James Heckman, a Nobel prize-winner in Economics, “the best return on investment is in quality early childhood development from birth to five for disadvantaged children and their families through better outcomes in education, health, sociability, economic productivity, and reduced crime.”
At a time when 90% of brain development happens, 67% of children younger than five experience trauma; and preschoolers are expelled four times more than children in K-12. In our community, preschool teacher turnover is 40%; a third of children entering Kindergarten are not ready; and half of children are not reading on grade level by 3rd grade. These children are four times less likely to graduate and contribute positively to the community.
Stay tuned! We hope you will stay involved, collaborate with others, and find a leadership role as we work with experts in the community to identify projects and initiatives to build a better system of early childhood care and education…
Because EDUCATION IS EVERYONE'S BUSINESS!