Ready to learn

05/13/2014 4:54 PM

05/13/2014 4:55 PM

The report that the Texas graduation rate is 88 percent is good news.

It means an increasing percentage of the workforce meets the minimum standard for success. Without a high school diploma, adult Texans are less likely to be employed and participate in the vibrant Lone Star economy.

To start on that road, children need the right preparation through quality preschool.

Yet some are left behind.

According to the Annie E. Casey Foundation, children from very-low-income families are 18 months behind developmentally by age 4. One in four Tarrant County children lives in poverty and nearly one in ten in extreme poverty.

These children need access to high-quality early education so they arrive at kindergarten ready to learn.

At local YWCA child development centers, our high-quality care changes these odds.

Eighty percent of our 623 children are from low-income families. At the same time, 100 percent of 4-year-olds tested ready for school.

With so many Texas children in poverty, our state will struggle if we don’t ensure all our children are ready to learn.

At YWCA Fort Worth, we want the best — the best preschool opportunities for all children regardless of family resources.

— Carol Klocek,


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