Project “Springboard for School Readiness”

Early Childhood Education

To achieve its mission TSA supports opportunities for economically disadvantaged children from conception to age six. Investments in the first six years of a child’s development have been shown to yield the highest return in educational achievement and economic productivity; this is particularly true for children from low-income families. For this reason, we are addressing needs in the following three areas:

  • Promotion of healthy reproductive choices
  • Maternal and infant health
  • Early education

This range of issues includes programs that address risky adolescent sexual behavior and teenage pregnancy, home visits for first-time mothers to help these mothers gain the knowledge, skills, and confidence required to become a successful parent, nutrition programs, and programs that address a child’s cognitive, language, social, motor, and affective skills. This includes development of educational materials that acknowledge cultural diversity and improve learning, as well as programs that increase participation of at-risk children in preschool and kindergarten.

TSA tests innovative approaches and seeks new approaches toward the design of innovative, high quality early education and care interventions that complement existing actions and that have the potential to produce significant and sustainable change.