Civic groups create a web of opportunity – for education, inspiration, action and change. In our community, civic organizations play an important role in supporting citizens and advocating for change.
Learning how to contribute and give back and support others is tied to healthy social and emotional development; quality early education encourages this development. Research also shows that children who attend early childhood programs grow up to earn more money, are healthier and less dependent on government services. They grow up to become contributing citizens that help build strong communities.
WCSS has two presentations of interest to civic groups. One presentation shares information about the unique opportunity of the First 2000 Days of a child’s life and the work of Wake County Smart Start helping young children succeed. The other highlights examples of volunteer opportunities. Contact Elizabeth Weichel, Communications Coordinator, if you are interested in learning more.
Civic groups can support early care and education through advocacy, financial giving and volunteer efforts. We invite civic organizations to become Champions for Children and help to ensure that every child have a strong start in life.
Volunteering: Leveraging Your Club’s Energy to Help Young Children
Assembling new baby baskets with key essentials, hosting a diaper drive, or planting strawberries – all are examples of ways groups can support young children. Volunteer projects enrich the lives of young children and have proven benefits to your group’s wellbeing too! See this example of a community members in action during Keller Williams’ May 2015 RED Day of Service in Wake County.
You can also lead fundraising efforts and work with WCSS on matching gift campaigns. Would your club like to lead a fundraiser to meet a designated need? Visit our Donate page or contact Phyllis Barbour / (919) 723-9271.
Review key research on the value of early education.
- Experiences Build Brain Architecture
- Societal Benefits of Early Childhood Education
- Why Preschool Matters
State and National Initiatives