Four-year-old Jazmine, of Queets, Washington’s Quinault Indian Reservation, is a lively little chatterbox and without a doubt the most charismatic kid in her preschool class. She takes the lead in games and activities, raises her hand first when her teacher asks a question and sits front and center during read-aloud sessions with Save the Children’s program coordinator, Tracie Kenney.
Jazmine’s enthusiasm has been part of her steady transformation— from a tentative to a tenacious learner—made possible by Save the Children’s early education programs in the United States. All told, we served 5,000 infants, toddlers and preschoolers and 15,000 parents, and will bring this much-needed program to another 1,000 children in the next year.
Of course, success begins in the home where families are at the frontline of education. Jazmine’s mother, Yvonne, actively sought out Save the Children’s program for her daughter, and family involvement is integral to children’s progress. Thanks to your generous support, Jazmine and thousands of other children in the United States have developed the necessary skills to succeed in school. “Jazmine is so chatty and social; as I’m sure you’ve noticed,” said her mother, Yvonne. “Whatever she does, it will be big.”
“One day I came across a list of books your child should read by a certain age,” said Jazmine’s mother, Yvonne (pictured with Jazmine). “I recognized most of the books because I read them to Jazmine. It made me so happy that my child was where she needed to be in her development.”
Parents Josh and Yvonne lack the means to drive 30 miles to the library. They depend on our program for their children’s books.
The Olympic rainforest surrounding Jazmine’s hometown of Queets, Washington, is in stark contrast with local families’ struggles to make ends meet.
Jazmine’s brothers, Adam, 2 (at left), and 5-month-old Hunter, are also enrolled in the early education program and showing progress. Tracie gives most of the credit to Jazmine’s mother. “I can tell that she takes everything I share with her to heart and puts it into practice,” said Tracie.
Save the Children’s Tracie Kenny is a central figure in Jazmine’s life, paying visits to her home since she was 2 years old and now working with Jazmine and other Quinault Indian Nation children through home visits and a Save the Children partnership at the local Head Start program.
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