Bellevue Schools Foundation donors support quality early learning for young children experiencing homelessness in our community, but the difference this program makes for our youngest learners reaches far beyond the classroom doors. The positive impacts from access to this program create a ripple effect, magnifying donor impact. The students access health and social services at school, and their parents benefit from the opportunity to seek employment during the school day.
BSD Early Learning staff recently shared a story that highlights how this program has changed the story for one preschooler’s family:
“Rory” (not the child’s real name) joined the Bellevue School District’s early learning program at the beginning of the 2017-18 school year. Unfortunately, unable to afford rent and needing to leave a volatile domestic situation soon after her initial enrollment, Rory and her family became homeless.
Rory’s mother reached out to a friend who gave the family shelter. Thanks to Bellevue Schools Foundation donors, help was available to offer an extended day early learning spot that allows Rory to be in a safe, fun and exciting early learning environment.
Without this extended day learning spot, Rory’s Mom would not have been able to accept the new job offered to her. Because of this opportunity, Rory’s Mom is now working and hopes to be able to find an apartment for her family soon. Thanks to donors like you, Bellevue’s early learning program is not only supporting Rory’s kindergarten readiness but also helping her whole family regain its stability.
Thank you for supporting programs like Early Learning access for homeless families. You are changing the story for these families.