WCK

Washington County’s kids are facing bigger barriers to success. Poverty, poor academic skills, and food insecurity create conditions that make it difficult to compete in school and in society.

The good news is that kids are resilient and can overcome even the most adverse circumstances – with just a little help

Washington County Kids seeks to create a sustainable source of funding to increase early childhood care, improve academic skills and job readiness, and fight hunger.

Through a coalition of community organizations, local government, and faith communities we work to identify solutions that guide our efforts.

We are looking at best practices and options to raise much needed funding because:

  • Child Poverty is Rising: Free and Reduced Lunch (FRL) eligibility escalated from 22% of students in 2000 to 41.5% in 2014. The number of schools with more than 50% FRL eligible students increased from 10 to 33 schools in the same period.
  • 75% of children under 5 years of age and living in poverty do not have access to affordable, quality child care
  • After school programs  are not available for all who need them.   Statistics show that children who are left unsupervised after school are at a higher risk of getting involved in unsafe or criminal behavior.
  • Summer programs need to serve more kids; By the fifth grade, children from families with low incomes academically fall behind academically by as much as three years without summer support.
  • Youth are not prepared for employment:  7,500 Washington County youth are no longer in schools and are not working due to a lack of education and skills.
  • Homelessness is rising among youth: Since 2006-07 to 2014-15 the number of homeless students in Washington County has increased from 1,640 to 2,148 (31%)

Join Us! Go to our website washingtoncountykids.com and

  • Contribute: Increase awareness of the needs of our youth. 100% of your tax-deductible gift will fund this effort.
  • Volunteer: Sign up or contact Katie Riley at katie@katieriley.org
  • Endorse: Provide your name and contact information

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