Sherrie Evonne of South Carolina is one of our many volunteers who joined us at this year’s Advocacy Summit on Capitol Hill in Washington D.C. Sherrie is the Statewide Director for the South Carolina Child Care Resource & Referral Network at the University of South Carolina. Her passion is to ensure children and families have access to quality early childhood education programs like Head Start.
“Everyone is responsible to ensure children have access to a safe, healthy and an enriching learning environment,” says Sherrie.
According to the HighScope Perry Preschool Study and other research, without participation in high quality early education programs, children are:
- 70% more likely to be arrested for a violent crime
- 60% more likely to never attend college
- 50% more likely to be placed in special education
- 40% more likely to become a teen parent.
Thanks to programs like Head Start, access to early learning services are extended to low-income kids and their families across the United States. Programs like these transform the lives of children and set them up for success in school and life. As we get ready to celebrate Head Start’s 52nd birthday on May 18, we urge you to remind Congress to protect funding for this vital program!