The Davie Community Foundation believes a “healthy community” exists when there is/are:
(1) Quality education beginning in early childhood and continuing throughout life
(2) Safe and healthy places to live and grow
(3) Adequate and stable employment opportunities that provide livable wages
(4) Affordable childcare and timely transportation
(5) Numerous options for physical activity and recreation
(6) Healthy and affordable nutritional choices
(7) Quality health care including mental health
(8) Enriching cultural events and activities
In short, a place where all live well!
To achieve this vision of a “healthy community,” a Healthy Davie Initiative was launched in December 2014 by the Davie Community Foundation and Mebane Charitable Foundation to encourage communication and collaboration among agencies and organizations to positively impact the areas of Education, Health and Poverty.
We believe all three areas are interrelated. Low income leads to poor education and poor nutrition for children, which leads to lower grades in school, and ultimately reduces the ability to obtain livable wages, which produces more low income families. The cycle must be broken!
The Healthy Davie Initiative is comprised of thirty-nine organizations and agencies working collaboratively to improve the lives of all Davie County citizens. Healthy Davie focuses on providing educational opportunities for our youngest students, moving families out of poverty, and improving the overall health of all residents.
Healthy Davie Preschool Project
The Healthy Davie Preschool Project was crafted to combine resources to improve school readiness through early intervention with 18 under served and economically disadvantaged children in Davie County. The proposal impacts children, age 4, by offering access to high quality preschool for the 2016-17 school year. Parents of the eighteen children will also be impacted as they gain access to resources and information that empowers them to break the cycle of poverty.
Total cost of the project is $105,500. Davie Community Foundation and Duke Energy; Mebane Charitable Foundation; and the County of Davie are partnering with each funding one-third of the project cost. If the project is successful, discussions will be held to consider funding for additional years. Donations to support the project may be made in any amount, at any time, to the Healthy Davie Fund.
- Eighteen (18) economically disadvantaged and underserved children will be placed into a quality licensed preschool classroom.
- One hundred percent of parents will participate/ receive information about child development, sound financial practices, career readiness, Kindergarten readiness, and healthy living through at least two family nights and three parent workshops.
- One hundred percent of the children enrolled for more than three months will show growth by pre and post screenings with at least 70% making a raw score of 70 or above on the kindergarten DIAL screening tool.
- One hundred percent of the children scoring below a 70 raw score on the Kindergarten DIAL screening tool will be offered enrollment in a Kinder Camp during the summer before kindergarten.
- Seventy percent of the eighteen children will read on grade level by the end of kindergarten, 80% will read on grade level by the end of first grade, 90% will read on grade level by the end of second grade, and 100% will read on grade level by the end of third grade (unless developmental delays are identified, and an Individual Education Plan for special needs children [IEP] is created or Research to Intervention practices [RTI] are put in place).
Positive Results were reported for 2016-2017!!!
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