Ready For School

Why early education?

  • Children from economically disadvantaged backgrounds are significantly lacking school readiness skills.
  • 85% of our brain’s “hard wiring” is in place by ages 5-6.

Why the need in Midland?

  • At least 1/3 of all Midland County incoming kindergarten students had no reported high quality preschool experience.
  • Insufficient funding is the principal limitation impeding student access to a quality preschool.

Who are we helping?

  • Approximately 800 three and four-year-old Midland County children would be eligible for full or partial scholarships.

What is the plan?

  • Midland Area Community Foundation established the fund and will assist with fundraising efforts.
  • Midland County Great Start Collaborative will provide quality oversight and administration.
  • Preschools must meet “3 star” quality to receive funding for students.
  • Preschool quality assessment will involve reviews of curriculum, classroom environment, daily routine, adult-child interaction, planning, and assessment.

What outcomes do we expect?

  • A higher percentage of Midland County children are prepared for kindergarten.
  • A higher percentage of students are reading at grade level by the third grade.
  • A higher percentage of students attend school, graduate high school in six years or less, enroll in post-secondary education, and earn a degree.

Interested in giving?

  • A gift of any amount will significantly impact a child’s ability to attend a quality preschool.
  • The average cost for three and four-year-old children for a school year of a quality preschool is $2,250.
  • A gift of $10,000 or more will launch a permanent scholarship fund in your name and ensure all Midland County children have a quality preschool experience.
  • Donate by heading to the “Give” portion of our website. If you would like to speak with a member of the Community Foundation staff, email info@midlandfoundation.org or call 989-839-9661.

Initiatives

2020 Census Hub Established to ensure our region gets an accurate count in the upcoming 2020 census
Access to Recreation Allowing everyone the opportunity to get out and explore
Cultural Awareness Coalition Our Mission: To promote, encourage, share and sustain cultural awareness throughout Midland.
Exploring Our Future Ensuring Midland remains a strong, vibrant, welcoming community well into the future
Midland Area Youth Action Council Providing grantmaking and other philanthropic opportunities to area youth
Midland Believes Midland Believes is a different kind of scholarship targeting economically disadvantaged and first-generation college-going students i.e. none of the parents/guardians have earned a college degree
Midland County Career and College Access Network (CCAN) Working to provide everyone in Midland County access to postsecondary education
Public Arts Midland Public Arts Midland is a space to help people create connections through public art.
Ready For School The goal of this initiative is for every child in Midland County to receive at least one year of high-quality preschool prior to kindergarten.
River Days The free family event culminates with a spectacular fireworks show
Santa House Each year, Santa comes to Midland on the Tuesday evening after Thanksgiving. He arrives at the Tridge, makes his way up Ashman St. and helps our community light the Courthouse for the Holidays. Then he makes his way over to the Santa House where he brings joy to the community throughout the Christmas season.
The Big Give A men's Giving Circle impacting nonprofits in Midland County
Violence Prevention Partnership Promoting the safety and well-being of our citizens