The Issue: Limited Opportunities for Cultural Education
Although exposure to cultural activities can help youth develop foundational skills such as critical thinking, creativity, and vocabulary, most schools provide only limited access to these through often ill-funded arts programs. Underserved families have more difficulty supplementing their children’s exposure to art and culture, despite the availability of professional theater, museums, and concert halls, due to limited financial resources and time.
The Campaign: Taking Children to the Brookfield Zoo
If this Grassroots campaign raises $1,210, then Ounce of Prevention Fund can fund bus transportation and fees for special attractions so that 85 low-income students aged 5 and younger from the Educare School and 40 adult chaperones can go on a field trip to the Brookfield Zoo. Each additional $1,210 raised will fund another trip to the zoo.
Through this field trip, participating children will have a chance to learn about new animals, experience the city with their peers and adults, and establish a hands-on connection with creatures at the petting zoo. The trip also grants children access to the dolphin show and the merry-go-round.
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Ounce of Prevention Fund
Ounce of Prevention Fund supports young children from low-income neighborhoods with educational programming designed to spur healthy development. Using scientific research on early development, Ounce of Prevention Fund works with more than 3,300 children aged 6 weeks to 5 years. It implements home-visiting programs to build positive environments within young families and organizes Head Start programs to fuel early learning. Opened in 2000, its Educare School of Chicago also teaches children aged 5 and younger from several neighborhoods such as Englewood and Washington Park. Its full-day services build school-readiness skills in conjunction with parental involvement to help prepare youth for kindergarten.