Our Innovation Work
The SproutFive team advocates on behalf of children and families at the local, state, and federal level to improve the environments in which children live, learn, and grow. Our impact is seen at all levels as we:
- Sit on policy committees that shape early learning
- Inform best practices through research
- Liaise with policymakers to first-hand the impact of our approach
It's Time We Commit To Our Early Educators.
Early childhood educators are essential to the health and development of children. A cornerstone of local and state economies, the early childhood sector not only provides many jobs, it also enables parents to work while their young children are cared for. However, the compensation for early childhood educators does not match their social and economic importance.
For example, the living wage in Columbus, OH, for a single parent of two is $57,720 annually. While the average K-12 educator earns $63,589, those employed as preschool teachers only take in an alarming $23,792, not even half the living wage. Low compensation, stress, and lack of resources, lead to challenges recruiting and retaining skilled early childhood educators. We can do better.
This year we were able to add 201 littles and their families to our legacy.
Reports and White Papers
Diving deep into the data-both at the classroom and school level-to establish links between resources, programming and outcomes.
The research and practice done in our schools are used to help inform best practices in legislation.