Exploring Your Impact
From TFC President and CEO Paula Neth
Each year, your generosity enables children to reap the rewards of high-quality early education and helps families become the nurturing, stable presence children need. In simple terms, by supporting TFC, you’re creating environments that reinforce optimal child development — you’re building healthy brains.
In the first quarter of each year, we publish the number of individuals who were impacted by your generosity. We’re proud to report that in 2019, nearly 92,000 individuals were supported by our work.
Here’s how: The Big Picture
- 71,014 children learned foundation skills which will enable them to be successful in school and life
- 7,804 teachers learned to make the most of the time they spend with children by supporting child development
- 10,248 parents learned to be their child’s first teacher
- 2,617 individuals received mental health counseling to address trauma, depression and improve family functioning
A closer look: The Human Impact
I am extremely proud of our hard working staff for providing such a valuable service to our community. But for me, where we can really understand the human impact of these numbers is with stories like Michael’s, Dorje’s, Teresa’s and Rita’s. I want to tell you about four amazing people who are represented in these numbers.
- Eighteen-month-old Michael has made amazing progress since enrolling in child care six months ago. His mother was worried that he hadn’t said his first word. Now he is speaking in simple sentences. After seeing his amazing progress, Michael’s mother has engaged with his teacher and implemented several of her suggestions to support his growth at home.
- Dorje, a refugee from Tibet and new mother, learned to be a teacher for her baby by attending parenting classes. She is excited about the opportunities she can offer her child through simple nurturing interactions, something that was not modeled in her childhood.
- Teresa, a teacher who found class frequently derailed by behavioral disruptions, received one-on-one support to develop an environment which encourages positive behavior. During this process, while learning how challenging behaviors can result from psychological trauma and stress, Teresa opened up about trauma in her own past. She was referred to a TFC therapist and has reported that she and her classroom are in a much better place.
- Rita, a teacher in a two-year-old classroom in Kansas City, Kansas, received her CDA (child development credential) and thus qualified to receive salary supplement from TFC.
Some of the names in this article have been changed.
The Return on Your Investment
We consider you an investor in this human impact, and we hold ourselves accountable to providing unparalleled return on your investment by creating a community where all children are thriving.
With your support, we’re maximizing opportunity by preparing children for success, improving child care programs and strengthening families — so all children grow up in supportive, happy homes and have access to child care that supports physical health, cognitive development and nurtures social-emotional skills.
Thank you for improving the lives of families in Kansas City.