The Jeffco Prosperity Project
Did you know? The suburbs of Jefferson County have experienced dramatic surges in poverty in the last ten years—the fastest growing populations in Jefferson County are low-income families and extremely low-income families. In fact, Jefferson County has more homeless children than does urban Denver county.
JPP will work...
Across the country, suburban communities are dealing with increasing generational poverty and a lack of resources scaled to meet demand and help families move to self-sufficiency. Major efforts are underway to address these emerging issues, and projects like JPP are showing great promise.
Click here to read a recent piece on generational poverty from Ascend and the Aspen Institute.
The Jeffco Prosperity Project is a major collaborative between the Jefferson County Department of Human Services, specifically Arvada Head Start, The Action Center and Jeffco Schools Foundation that will assess, improve and realign existing systems of care for low-income, struggling families and to break generational cycles of poverty.
The program also aims to give classroom teachers relevant and timely resources with which to address the effects of poverty on student learning, development and behavior, and aims provide additional professional development to Pre-K or Kindergarten teachers as toddlers transition to Jeffco schools.
Jeffco Schools Foundation works closely with the District's Early Childhood Department, Office of Student Engagement, and Language Arts Department to extend educational programs with JPP to support academic growth. For example, all JPP families are encouraged to enroll eligible families and siblings into the Foundation's Parent Child Home Program, and all JPP families with qualifying siblings are eligible to attend a Jeffco of Summer Early Literacy (JSEL) site.
Each year, Head Start families and students commit to the project and will work with dedicated community navigators to assess and meet their needs and to create their own fabric of wrap-around services from a variety of community and government agencies.
Services to each committed family thrive to last until all children in the family have graduated high school, ensuring that today's low-income students become tomorrow's successful adults.
JPP is supported by...
Jeffco Schools Foundation is supporting the project’s implementation in collaboration with the project's fiscal sponsor, the Action Center, and key partners including the Jefferson County Department of Human Services, Jeffco Public Schools and the University of Denver Marsico Institute for Early Learning and Literacy.
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