The Ironbound Early Learning Center is a state-of-the-art, LEED certified, 35,000 square foot center for 222 children and their families. A new $6.5 million infant and toddler wing was completed in September 2014 that enabled ICC’s Early Head Start Program to be integrated, physically and programmatically, with ICC’s Early Childhood Preschool Program, creating a model 0-5 Center.
ICC strongly believes in the national research that shows the importance of every child’s early years on their long term growth and development. Whether its healthy brain development or strong family support in terms of emotional development, literacy, etc., these years are critical to life-long success and happiness. And ICC believes that the best way to support children, especially at-risk children, is through high quality early learning programming that provides the care, education, and interventions that help children reach their developmental milestones and fully prepares them – cognitively, emotionally, physically, socially, etc. – for Kindergarten. In addition, ICC provides supportive services for families – from parenting education, to ESL to financial literacy – that strengthens each family’s capacity to care for itself and its children.
With the support of a $5.5 million donation from a private philanthropist and $1 million in NJ Neighborhood Revitalization Tax Credits from PSEG, Valley National bank, and TD Bank, ICC expanded its Early Childhood Center to house its Early Head Start Program and thus create a 0-5 Early Learning Center. With children and families in a five year program, ICC delivers the strongest outcomes possible for participants. Children are ready and eager to learn s they enter Kindergarten.
And we are not the only ones to believe in early learning:
“Over time, offering high-quality early education to all children doesn’t cost Americans a penny. Every dollar spent on high quality early education actually yields up to 17 dollars in benefits.”
Art Rolnick, an economist with the United States Federal Reserve Bank
“If ages 3 and 4 gets you high school, ages 0 to 5 gets you college.”
Steve Barnett, co-director of the National Institute for Early Education Research (NIEER)