Access to quality education is essential to guaranteeing a child’s success later in life – and helping their families break the cycle of intergenerational poverty. According to the 2022 U.S. Census Data, 25% of people without a high school diploma live in poverty, compared to just 4.3% of people with a Bachelor’s Degree. Education provides the greatest opportunity for economic mobility.
We’re focused on increasing enrollment in early childhood education and STEAM programs.
Red Nose Day provides children with more learning opportunities that encourage their developmental and problem-solving skills at every age. We support high quality early childhood education opportunities for at-risk communities in the U.S. and abroad. We also fund STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics) programs in schools, as part of after-school programming and during summer sessions. From toddlers to teenagers, we are giving more children the ability to control their future.
A Smart Start
The first five years of a child’s life are the most crucial for brain development. Early childhood education — which some researchers call a gift that lasts a lifetime — can provide children with the developmental and learning skills they need to advance through each grade level. Children from low-income backgrounds who had access to 24 months or more of high-quality early childhood education before they turned six were more likely to graduate from college and had higher salaries at age 26.
The benefits of early childhood education go beyond improved graduation rates, college attendance, and better self-control and self-esteem as adults. Early childhood education programs also have long-term health benefits, likely because the education is often packaged with support, including meals, social services, parenting services, immunizations, and thorough health screenings that catch diabetes, anemia, and hearing and vision problems. One long-term study even found that high quality early childhood education improved parenting practices for the next generation.
Full STEAM ahead
There is a high demand for workers with degrees in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. Access to these fields can be difficult for low-income students, many of whom don’t have exposure to these industries and find it hard to imagine themselves in a career where they don’t see others who resemble their background. It’s also unfortunate that advanced study in these subjects is not readily available at underfunded schools, meaning students are less likely to pursue them as a career.
A brighter future for all kids begins with you.
Your donation will help bring early education programs and academic support to children at risk of being left behind.
Your gift is 100% tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law.