WCGMF Discovery

About

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The best practices in education and child development result from encouraging and listening to all voices of the community.

Discovery, an initiative of the William Caspar Graustein Memorial Fund, aims to create an early childhood system that ensures early learning success for all children. We work collaboratively with communities, statewide partners and government agencies to analyze, reflect, organize and act on behalf of young children from birth to age eight.  Discovery contributes to a common goal: 

Connecticut children of all races and income levels are ready for school by age five and are successful learners by age nine.

Discovery is guided by the belief that the best practices in education and healthy child development result from encouraging and listening to all voices of the community.  Communities establish collaborative structures, in which parents are full partners, to create action plans and an inclusive process for implementing and monitoring these plans. Advocates and other stakeholders work to improve policy and practice at the local and state levels. 

During a child’s first five years, the brain undergoes its most dramatic growth, making these years a time of rapid social, emotional and cognitive development.  Family members need the support of communities, local and state governments, schools and early childhood care providers – in fact, all those who play important roles in a child’s healthy development and early learning.