NEW WALK-IN HOURS AT OUR MAIN OFFICE. Effective April 22, 2024, our office will be open Tuesdays-Thursdays, 9:30am-4:30pm (closed Mondays and Fridays).
NUEVO HORARIO DE ATENCIÓN EN NUESTRA OFICINA PRINCIPAL. A partir del 22 de abril de 2024, nuestra oficina estará abierta de martes a jueves, de 9:30 a 16:30 (lunes y viernes cerrado).

Enhancing Individual & Family Well-Being

Early childhood education serves a public good

Help support a greater good

Enhancing Individual & Family Well-Being

Early investments improve lifelong outcomes

Learning begins at birth and the early years present an incredible opportunity to build a strong foundation for lifelong learning and well-being. High-quality early care and education fosters children’s healthy development, supporting them to learn and grow, to pursue their dreams, and to thrive.  

When young children and families benefit, we all benefit. It is in our public interest for all children to be ready for kindergarten and go on to reach their full potential. High-quality early education programs are a proven investment that has widespread benefits. According to Professor James J. Heckman in Lifecycle Benefits of an Influential Early Childhood Program, for every $1 invested in early childhood programs, there is a return of over $6 to society in the form of improved education, health, and employment outcomes.

Despite all we know about the importance of the early years, public investments do not reflect the importance of this critical time. Instead of funding early care and education as the public good that it is, access is all too often based on a family’s ability to pay. Participation in high quality early care and education can also help break the cycle of intergenerational poverty. Current public investments are inadequate to ensure all children have access, furthering these historic racial and economic disparities.  

John Lam, Principal Dancer at the Boston Ballet, credits Community Action Marin’s Children and Family Services program with providing him and his family opportunities that helped enrich their lives.

We can ensure all children receive high quality early education 

Increased public investments can expand the number of children who have access to early childhood programs. They can also expand the number of options families have for care across a mixed delivery system of public, nonprofit, and community settings. Recognizing that we all benefit when children are prepared to succeed in school and in life, we can raise our collective voices in support of early childhood as among the wisest investments we can make.     

Your work is completely holistic and supports the full person and family. I don’t know how you do it ALL but you do-food, education, mental and physical well-being and financial empowerment. You are our community hero and angel.

Lori Barra
Isabel Allende Foundation