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“Instead of helping some kids beat the odds, why don’t we just change the odds?”
— Geoffrey Canada, CEO of Harlem Children’s Zone
For all of us, success or failure begins in the cradle, in a parent’s arms and in a playgroup or preschool. Chances are, you got that loving touch, those bedtime stories, exuberant play in the park and a crayon to unleash your inner Picasso.
For 29,649 youngsters in our community–more than 50% of them–these are no guarantee. Having never held a crayon, writing in kindergarten becomes your first point of failure. Without the bedtime stories, those children don’t know which way to turn the pages. Without the loving touch of a parent and healthy play with peers, skills that are essential ingredients for success in life—perseverance, attentiveness and self-control—are difficult to acquire.
Giving all children in our community a great start would have a tremendously positive impact on our community.
For the next 10 years, we will do what we can to add our unique contributions to this cause and help unleash the potential of the children and families in our community.
Social Venture Partners helped launch the Ready for Kindergarten Collaborative as part of the All Hands Raised Partnership in the spring of 2012 with a vision to expand our community’s impact through data-driven action and laser-focused collaboration. This work laid the foundation for the expanded Early Learning Multnomah Collaborative established in May 2014 as part of the state of Oregon’s Early Learning Hub initiative. SVP continues to serve as a catalytic resource partner in that work, leveraging financial and human investments to continue growing our impacts.