Partner with Sioux Falls Hope Coalition
What is the Hope Coalition?
The Hope Coalition grew out of a yearlong series of meetings among business, civic, nonprofit and faith leaders in the community in 2015–2016. The subject: As growing income gaps created more families in poverty, what could the community do to break that cycle? The solution: help children in poverty start kindergarten on a level playing field by making preschool a reality for all. The Hope Coalition is committed to using existing resources in the community to accomplish this goal. In our first year, 40 children attended preschool through this initiative and, in the current school year, 90 are in preschool at five partnering preschools.
The Sioux Falls Promise
Few things are more tragic than untapped potential in children. In a state where equal opportunity still matters, the Hope Coalition believes every child ought to be able to start kindergarten ready to learn. Studies show preschool is the best way to equip them with the necessary skills. Yet the families of as many as 300 children in Sioux Falls cannot afford to send them to preschool. On behalf of the community, we PROMISE to give them that chance.?
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“I was looking everywhere for school for (my son) and I couldn’t find it, but by the time I found the school here (at Hope Coalition), my hope came back.’’
CLAUDINE KUBWAYO, PARENT
From the beginning, the Hope Coalition has been committed to using existing resources in the community to address the needs of children in poverty. Preschools at three area churches— Sioux Falls First, Peace Lutheran, and Abiding Savior Free Lutheran—were partners the first school year. As many as 40 children from around the city attended classes at those locations the first year. Today, 90 children are enjoying classes at six high-quality partners throughout Sioux Falls.
The Sioux Falls School District is an equally valuable partner. They have helped place children in Hope Coalition preschools who are on a waiting list for federally subsidized programs such as Head Start. Dr. Brian Maher, school superintendent, was among the community leaders who gathered under the Hope Coalition banner in 2015.
Why Preschool Matters
Preschool is a major influence throughout a child’s life. In school, it leads to better grades, higher reading aptitude, and better graduation rates. A child’s experiences in preschool influence decisions for decades:
It has been estimated that every dollar invested in preschool returns nearly $9 in economic benefit – in stable families, good jobs and lower crime.
If a child graduates from high school, waits till marriage to have a baby and lands and keeps a job by 21, there is only a 2 percent chance they will end up in poverty. If they do none of those things, her chances of ending up in poverty increase to 80 percent.
Goals for the Future
Increase preschool enrollment to 150 students. Add churches as high-quality preschool partners throughout Sioux Falls.
As many as 300 children entering kindergarten in Sioux Falls have not had the opportunity to attend preschool. The goal of the Sioux Falls Promise, an initiative of the Hope Coalition, is to give each of those children the chance to attend preschool.
How to Help
It costs about $2,500 to send a child to a Hope Coalition preschool for a year. Your tax deductible donations are essential to building sustainable funding that can help erase the waiting list for preschool in Sioux Falls.
Would you like to make a donation?
Tax-deductible donations can be sent to 2211 W. Cherrywood Circle Sioux Falls, SD 57108