Seek out organizations in your community that are making a difference and consider making a donation to support their efforts. Look for organizations that:
- Advocate to improve the quality and accessibility of early childhood care and education
- Offer support, education, and resources to parents and families of young children
- Work to support early language and literacy development and improve school readiness
- Provide early childhood health and developmental screenings and in-home visits for early intervention
Learn more about these organizations and their work, and make an investment to support their efforts. Many also maintain wish lists of in-kind donations, such as books, art supplies, and educational toys and games.
Give your time to initiatives and organizations that are helping to improve the quality and accessibility of early childhood programs in our region. Examples include:
- Through Ready Readers, more than 500 trained volunteers read weekly to thousands of preschool children from low-income communities who attend 160 early childhood centers in the St. Louis area.
- Many Head Start/Early Head Start providers in the region welcome volunteers to assist in their preschool classrooms, including Urban League of Metropolitan St. Louis, YWCA Metro St. Louis, Grace Hill Settlement House, and Youth in Need.
Volunteer your time with an early child care or education provider, such as University City Children’s Center, South Side Early Childhood Center, Kingdom House, Flance Early Learning Center, or one in your community.
Volunteer at the St. Louis Public Library or St. Louis County Library to support their early literacy efforts. Even if you can’t volunteer during the school day, you can lend your time to serve on a committee, assist with fundraising events or facilities maintenance, and help with advocacy efforts or other projects to help our region’s early childhood program providers.