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2 ONE BOOK IS AVAILABLE FOR EVERY 300 CHILDREN IN LOW-INCOME-AREA HOMES. HOUSTON S LITERACY CRISIS: A BLUEPRINT FOR COMMUNITY ACTION; BARBARA BUSH HOUSTON LITERACY FOUNDATION 3 RD GRADE E G W C U If students are not reading on grade level by 3rd grade, they are four times more likely to drop out of school. THE ANNIE E. CASEY FOUNDATION DROPOUT RATES The dropout rate is an epidemic that affects the entire community. 51 % of students in the Houston Area fail to graduate within 4 years of entering high school COMMUNITIES IN SCHOOLS OF HOUSTON, INC. Only 1 of 5 Texas children make it through the system with some form of post high school credential NATIONAL CENTER FOR HIGHER EDUCATION MANAGEMENT SYSTEMS 75 % of prison inmates are high school dropouts CHILDREN AT RISK, 2011; BUREAU OF JUSTICE STATISTICS

3 Quality Early Care and Education means higher math and reading scores, lower risk of grade repetition, fewer referrals to special education, lower crime and unemployment rates, and fewer teen pregnancies. EARLY CHILDHOOD ALLIANCE, % 70% 60% 66% 67% 51% LONGITUDINAL RESEARCH 50% 40% 30% 20% 34% 36% 13% ABECEDARIAN PROJECT PROVIDED HIGH QUALITY CHILD CARE IN EARLY YEARS, TRACKED CHILDREN THROUGH ADULTHOOD 10% 0% Never Repeated Grade High School Graduation College Attendance Students in High Quality ECE Control Group COLLABORATIVE FOR CHILDREN RETURN ON INVESTMENT LIFETIME EFFECTS: THE HIGHSCOPE PERRY PRESCHOOL STUDY THROUGH AGE 40 IQ of 90+ at 5 Years Graduated HS Earned $20K/yr at 40 28% 40% 60% 60% 67% 77% Arrested 5+ times by 40 36% 55% 0% 10% 20% 30% 40% 50% 60% 70% 80% 90% Perry Preschool Group Control Group HIGHSCOPE PERRY PRESCHOOL STUDY: LIFETIME EFFECTS: THE HIGHSCOPE PERRY PRESCHOOL STUDY THROUGH AGE 40 (2005)

4 CHANGING MATTERS THE POPULATION HAS CHANGED MORE WOMEN WORKING MORE CHILDREN IN THE REGION 57 % Over half of young children are in care of other adults while parents are working. U.S. CENSUS BUREAU, AMERICAN COMMUNITY SURVEY, AVERAGE THE POPULATION HAS CHANGED 553,400 children under age five live in the Texas Gulf Coast Region and more than 74 % of these children live in Harris County, which has the highest poverty rate of the large counties. KIDS COUNT DATABASE, U.S. CENSUS DATA, CENTER FOR PUBLIC POLICY PRIORITIES, % of young children in the Texas Gulf Coast region are cared for in informal care environments by a family member, friend or neighbor. 35 % are enrolled in 1 of 3 systems (child care, head start or pre-kindergarten) CENTER FOR HOUSTON S FUTURE, COMMUNITY INDICATOR REPORT 2012 QUALITY MATTERS QUALITY OF CARE CONCERNS Of the 57% (234,000) of Harris County young children who are in the care of other adults during the workday, three-fourths (179,122) are in unregulated informal care or licensed child care. QUALITY MATTERS QUALITY OF CARE CONCERNS Only four percent of Harris County childcare centers are nationally accredited by the main accrediting bodies, including National Association of the Education of Young Children. WE CAN ACHIEVE SCHOOL READINESS REPORT 4%

5 TEXAS IS THE ONLY STATE Where Pre-K Has No Regulations Establishing Teacher/Child Ratios National Standard 1:10 Teacher to Student Ratio NAEYC Texas Average 1:22 Teacher to Student Ratio CHILDREN AT RISK Among indicators of quality in a childcare program, the teacher-child ratio is one of the most critical. Texas Ratios are Among the Lowest Standards in the Nation. NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF CHILD CARE RESOURCE & REFERRAL AGENCIES, 2012

6 48 % Child care has a large percentage of teachers (48%) a high school diploma or GED. that only meet the minimal level of teacher education COLLABORATIVE FOR CHILDREN QUALIFYING DATABASE Licensing Requirements: HOURS OF TRAINING Cosmetologist HOURS Massage Therapist HOURS Correction Officer HOURS Child Care HOURS TEXAS DEPARTMENT OF LICENSING AND REGULATIONS & TEXAS DEPARTMENT OF FAMILY AND PROTECTIVE SERVICES Every $1 invested in early childhood education can save $8 in long-term costs associated with remedial education, criminal justice and welfare payments. TEXAS LEGISLATIVE STUDY GROUP, TEXAS ON THE BRINK, 2013 MONEY MATTERS FUNDING AND RETURN ON INVESTMENT Texas Ranks $ 1 saves $ 8 NATIONAL CONFERENCE OF STATE LEGISLATORS TEXAS RANKS AMONG THE LOWEST 42 nd 50 th 47 th in Spending per Student in Percentage of Population Graduated from High School in SAT Scores

7 AVERAGE FAMILY EXPENSES Other 15 % Medical 10 % Transportation 11 % Food 16 % Child Care 24 % Housing 24 % For two children in child care with 2 working parents, a typical family needs to earn $61,188. HIGH QUALITY CHILD CARE COSTS AS MUCH OR MORE THAN COLLEGE TUITION AVERAGE COST OF CHILD CARE: $ 7,960/year AVERAGE COST FOR CHILD CARE AT ACCREDITED CENTER: $ 11,770/year TUITION AT UNIVERSITY OF HOUSTON: $ 9,500/year While parents are encouraged to save early, and for their children to apply for scholarships and grants for college, there are few resources available to help parents pay for quality child care. COLLABORATIVE FOR CHILDREN S QUALIFIND DATABASE MAJOR FUNDING GAPS 18 % Children eligible for Head current funding. Start in Harris County under AND ONLY 50 % Eligible children that receive a child care subsidy. EARLY EDUCATION FUNDING IS INADEQUATE AND IS IMPACTING THE SCHOOL READINESS OF OUR CHILDREN.

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