To elevate and promote the highest quality early childhood development and education in Indian River County, focusing on economically challenged children and families.
What We Do
Childcare Resources Provides:
A model for quality childcare and early education
Support and guidance to help maintain family stability
Educational outreach programs to support early educators across the county
Tuition assistance to high quaility schools for qualified families
Why We Do It
The First Years Matter
Brains are built during the first five years of a child's life. During this time, the brain develops the vast majority of its neurons (From Neurons to Neighborhoods). The rate of growth is dependent on various factors, including the stimulation children receive as well as the relationships they form with caregivers. Childcare Resources provides care and education for children, ages six weeks to five years. This high quality care supports cognitive and socio-emotional growth.
There's a Gap
It's a Wise Investment
There's a 13 percent return on investment for high quality early intervention. This ROI accounts for 'lifestyle benefits', such as health, the quality of life, participation in crime, labor income, IQ and schooling (Heckman Equation). Investing today saves taxpayers by reducing the future expense of remedial education, criminal justice, prisons and welfare costs (Legal Momentum’s Family Initiative and the MIT Workplace Center).
In Indian River County, the household survival budget for a family of four is $50,448, which is 208 percent of the federal poverty level. These are the families that Childcare Resources has been serving since the beginning; individuals who earn more than the U.S. poverty level but less than the basic cost of living. (United Way ALICE Report)