Study after study has documented that children living in poverty during preschool and the early school years, who do not receive high-quality early childhood education, are less likely to graduate from high school. The impact of early educational intervention has been proven to substantially benefit disadvantaged children, making investment in such programs a win-win.
Many of the children who enter the Guadalupe Center's Early Childhood Education Program come from families that have faced long periods of poverty. Not having their basic needs met has a profound effect upon children; causing them to suffer emotionally, socially, and academically. These children are dependent on others. They live in poverty, by no fault of their own, and are confronted with additional barriers that are detrimental to their future success.
Since its inception in 1996, the Early Childhood Education Program has grown into a highly sophisticated educational program for Immokalee’s youngest residents. The Guadalupe Center’s Early Childhood Education Program offers students the powerful combination of a safe, nurturing, environment and a highly-qualified, teaching staff in a state-of-the-art learning facility. These elements together form the high-quality education that is critical to removing the barriers to academic success that low-income children face.