The new conference room at the Orcas Island Community Foundation was buzzing with excitement, as the ECE Initiative convened its first Sustainability Task Force meeting December 7. Facilitated by Jim Connell, the group met to begin the process of identifying and developing sustainable sources of funding for preschool ACCESS and QUALITY — two key components for increasing kindergarten-readiness.
The Initiative, comprised of educators from the three schools, education researchers and a small number of donors have worked together with proven results over the last four years.
Total costs for the ECE initiative are approximately $125,000 per year. These costs break down into: approximately $75,000 for the “quality component” — and approximately $50,000 per year for the “access component”– making sure all local preschool-aged children continue to have access to quality educational experiences.