Old Colony Y Receives $10,000 Grant for Enriching Early Childhood Development
Grant provided by Eastern Bank Charitable Foundation will increase family engagement and enhance early learning curriculum in Brockton.
Old Colony YMCA received a $10,000 Grant for Good from Eastern Bank, America’s oldest and largest mutual bank. The grant is part of a $1 million commitment Eastern has made to local nonprofit organizations strengthening options for children and families across Eastern’s New England footprint. The grant will be used to hire a part-time Parent Engagement Specialist at the Y's West Chestnut Street child care location in Brockton.
Parent and family engagement is a crucial to the healthy growth and development of children," explained Kim Moran, Senior Vice President of Child Development and Protection at Old Colony YMCA. "We want to create high-quality learning environments in all our early learning centers, and parental involvement plays a major role in that environment. When parents promote learning, children are more likely to progress. This grant will help us be more intentional about how we engage families."
Persistent gaps in the quality of and access to early childhood development programs, as well as in parent engagement, are known to cause disparities in opportunities to succeed throughout life. Without engaging, safe, and stable environments during the first three years of life, children are likely to enter school already behind. Students who cannot read at grade level by third grade are four times more likely to drop out of school before high school graduation.And lacking a high school diploma significantly impacts future employment and earnings opportunities.
Eastern is awarding grants to organizations focused on strengthening social-emotional and cognitive skills development among children in the communities it serves. Grants are intended to ensure children and their families have more equitable access to the resources needed early in life for healthy development, while funding a sector that receives a staggeringly small proportion of all philanthropy.
“Providing every child with an equal opportunity for a bright future is a basic right,” said Bob Rivers, Chair and CEO of Eastern Bank. “By supporting organizations that assist parents and caregivers and prepare children to be ready to learn and succeed, we are helping to create the foundation children need to thrive. On behalf of everyone at Eastern, we congratulate the grant recipients and thank them for their dedication to the children in our communities."
As part of Eastern’s $1 million commitment to support enriching early childhood development, Old Colony Y is among 50 organizations that provide leading early childhood development programs across Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Rhode Island and are each receiving a $10,000 Grant for Good. These grants are focused on providing support in four critical areas: achieving early learning quality standards, strengthening parent engagement, supporting professional development for educators, and upgrading early learning facilities and supplies.