Early Care & Education

Early Care & Education

A child’s earliest years have a profound and lasting impact on their school success, their career success, and their lives.

Those who care for and educate young children– parents and families, caregivers, teachers – are essential to their healthy development. Programs focused on the development of children from birth to age five are rarely regarded as economic development initiatives. However, education serves as an equalizer with the potential to nullify the deficits many children face due to socio-economic circumstance, providing a unique opportunity for long-term public benefit.

Quality early care and education have resounding effects. They lay the groundwork for individuals to complete high school and postsecondary education, while decreasing the likelihood of the need for public assistance and chances of coming into contact with the criminal justice system. Research shows that children enrolled in high quality preschool programs are less likely to repeat grades, less likely to run into trouble with the law, and typically earn around $2,000 more per month as adults than those not enrolled.

Strategies to Address Early Care and Education

  • Strategy C/3

    Make the necessary investments to ensure all children in Mecklenburg County from birth to age five have access to quality early childhood care and education.

  • Strategy D/4

    Strengthen the early care and education workforce to improve the quality and experiences of early care and education available to children ages birth to five.

  • Strategy E/5

    Support parents and other caregivers as a child’s first teacher in promoting positive early brain development, social and emotional health and early literacy beginning at birth.

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Agents of Change

Leading on Opportunity works alongside community to improve early care and education.

Yuly Rodriguez

Community Impact Director

Stephanie Kripa Cooper-Lewter, Ph.D.

Executive Director

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Join us on March 26, 2019 for a Day of Opportunity as we celebrate community milestones and successes - big and small - since the release of the Opportunity Task Force Report & highlight ways you can take action as an Opportunity Ambassador and Agent of Change.

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$70 Million for Affordable Housing in Charlotte

Charlotte Observer • Eli Portillo - January 15, 2019

Three major financial institutions are pledging more than $70 million to fund low-income housing developments in Charlotte, giving a boost to the city’s efforts to keep up with the fast-rising costs of renting or buying a home. Bank of America, Ally Financial and Barings said they will invest a combined $70.75 million through a series of initiatives. The bulk of it, $50 million, will be in the form of low-interest loans to private developers building income-restricted housing.

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Community Impact Director Speaks to Mecklenburg Board of County Commissioners at Budget Priority Public Hearing

Yuly Rodriguez, Community Impact Director, Leading on Opportunity - January 15, 2019

It is now our opportunity to rally behind our community, which in part includes the Latinx community, that represents one quarter of the children entering kindergarten in Charlotte every year - about 3,000 children.

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Leading on Opportunity's Executive Director Reflects on Tradition

Creative Mornings CLT • Matt Olin - December 7, 2018

On Friday, December 7, 2018, hundreds of creative Charlotteans packed the halls of LaCa Projects – to explore the global theme of “Tradition.” As Executive Director of Leading on Opportunity, Dr. Cooper-Lewter’s talk is a timely and moving meditation on what it takes to create new Traditions that will lift up everyone in our community.

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