There are proven benefits to investing early in the lives of of disadvantaged children. A contribution to McNeilly Center for Children is one of the best investments you can make to strengthen our community. Each and every year since 1916, we've been making Middle Tennessee better by providing affordable, high quality child care to countless low-income families. The benefits of our mission are dramatic. With your support, we can create:
At-risk children get a better start in school and life by attending a high quality child care program. Children enrolled in quality early education programs achieve increased high school graduation rates, and are less likely to be placed in special education or repeat a grade. Those who have attended quality preschool programs score better on standardized tests and school readiness evaluations.
Families of enrolled children receive parenting education and social services that allow them to become more effective at providing a positive environment for their children. In turn, at-risk children who attend quality programs, like those offered at McNeilly, have reduced rates of crime and delinquency, lower rates of teen pregnancy, and are more likely to be gainfully employed as adults.
The availability of affordable child care enables a parent to remain in the workforce or gain entry to the work force, helping them on a path to self-sufficiency. In addition, a reduced need for remedial and special education, welfare, and criminal justic services saves money for communities who support quality education. It is estimated that every $1 invested in early education saves taxpayers up to $7.
McNeilly Center for Children relies on donations from individuals like you to continue to deliver this critical service to those in need in our community. For our part, we continuously strive to provide these services in as cost-effective, high-value manner as possible. We're convinced that what we are doing provides a strong return on investment for Middle Tennessee and we ask you to consider investing today by making a tax-deductible donation.