First 5 seeks donors for pre-kindergarten academies

By From page A4 | May 09, 2014

FAIRFIELD — Fourteen local businesses and individuals have given a total of $6,500 to the 2014 Pre-K Business Champions campaign – and there’s plenty of time for other donors to step forward.

“We are on our way to our goal of $25,000 in business donations,” said First 5 Solano Chairman Jay Speck, who also serves as Solano County superintendent of schools.

The money is for preschool classes – called pre-kindergarten academies – to occur on school campuses this summer. Only 48 percent of Solano County children attend preschool. Research shows that children who attend preschool are more likely to stay in school, graduate and avoid later dependence on social programs, a Solano County press release said.

Fairfield Funeral Home is a founding donor and leading business sponsor of the Pre-K Business Champions program.

“As a business owner, I believe we can’t afford not to help our children get the best education possible,” said Buck Kamphausen, owner of Fairfield Funeral Home, in the press release.

Each $200 donation is matched with $200 from First 5 Solano. Every school district in Solano County is participating in the program.

The 2013 campaign raised $13,450 from 35 corporate and community sponsors, which was matched by First 5 to support 67 preschoolers. Last summer, 426 children and 34 instructors participated. Demand for the program has doubled this year, the press release said.

Donors will be honored at the Solano Economic Development Corp. breakfast from 7:30 to 9 a.m. May 29 at the Hilton Garden Inn, 2200 Gateway Court in Fairfield. First 5 Solano sponsors the breakfast.

The Solano Pre-Kindergarten Academies will start in July. For more information or to enroll a child, parents can call their local school district or First 5 Solano. For more information about the First 5 Solano Pre-K Business Champions Campaign, contact Ciara Gonsalves at [email protected] or 784-1338.

Reach Barry Eberling at 427-6929 or [email protected] Follow him on Twitter at www.twitter.com/beberlingdr.

Barry Eberling

Barry Eberling

Barry Eberling has been a reporter with the Daily Republic since 1987. He covers Solano County government, transportation, growth and the environment. He received his bachelors of art degree from the University of California, Santa Barbara and his masters degree in journalism from the University of California, Berkeley.

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