In our world, potential is equally distributed. Opportunity and access are not.
As a result, vast human potential is lost, beginning in childhood. The only thing worse than this is when we don’t act to change it.
We believe that to do this we must increase opportunity for learning at very young ages. This means providing parents and caregivers access to the tools and methods that will ensure a strong foundational education for the children, and connecting adults to the resources necessary to empower well being in the home.
The stresses of poverty, frustrations in the educational system, social and emotional pressures and societal injustice can present barriers for a bright future. Washtenaw Promise works with young families, schools and the community, to remove those barriers for children, beginning at the most critical ages, from birth to five years old.
Every child should have the chance to live their dreams . . .
What are we doing about it?
Learn more below about the programs we have started and how you can get involved.
Placing Volunteer Mentors in Preschools
In collaboration with public and private early education providers, and other non-profits and advisors, we are building a unique preschool mentoring team of community volunteers who offer weekly support to children in need. Our trained mentors provide social and emotional support for preschoolers and connect their families with resources necessary to build a healthy foundation for lifelong learning. Join us as a volunteer! We are enlisting trained and experienced volunteer mentors to provide social, emotional, and academic support to preschool children, and to connect their families with resources necessary to build a healthy foundation of lifetime learning.
Helping to Meet the Challenges of Early Childhood Education
We’re helping to identify and prioritize challenges shared by the 90+ early childhood learning providers of Ypsilanti through creation of a new problem-solving partnership with public and private preschools and childcare organizations.
Supporting New Opportunities for STEM Education
We are bringing new opportunity for science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education to young and older students, in partnership with Ypsilanti Community Schools and Washtenaw Intermediate School District (WISD).
New Education & Community Center
We are currently developing a model for a new education and community center in Ypsilanti, to offer educational and recreational opportunitiy for children of all ages and direct support to families within a community now lacking those resources. The center will partner with young mothers to support the social, emotional and academic health of their children, beginning at birth.