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What The Experts Say About Bright & Early DuPage

What The Experts Say About Bright & Early DuPage

“When you analyze the data of low-income neighborhoods where our first project (Bright & Early DuPage) is focused, the results are startling. Despite being born just as healthy as their more privileged peers, 42% of the children who grow up in these neighborhoods are at high risk for failure in school before they even get started. Accordingly, our vision for this Initiative is to help develop better prepared children who will enter kindergarten on an even playing field with their peers.”

David McGowan, CFRE
President & CEO, DuPage Foundation

“Our priorities need to be on programs with demonstrated results, and high-quality early learning programs have proven to be effective in helping at-risk kids succeed, thus preventing crime and saving the taxpayers money. Quality preschool is a win for the kids and the community.”

Robert Berlin
DuPage County State’s Attorney

“By collectively sharing our resources and expertise, we are better able to provide wrap-around services and support to children and their families in our community and reach our common goal of equipping children with the skills needed to be successful in school and in life.”

Stephanie Farrelly
Principal, Jefferson Early Childhood Center, Wheaton

“There is a need in DuPage County that begs to be met. We look for leadership, we look for long-term vision and we look for partnerships. We make investments where collaboration results in meaningful impact. Bright & Early DuPage is an outstanding investment.”

Allen Gustafson
Gustafson Family Foundation

"The grant from the DuPage Foundation has been so instrumental in continuing and enhancing the work of the Addison Early Childhood Collaborative. The DuPage Foundation has provided an opportunity to our collaborative to have a central focus which is to educate and communicate to all community partners, service providers, and families about the importance of kindergarten readiness and early intervention.”

Chuck Wartman
Assistant Superintendent for Addison School District 4