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Monday, November 12, 2012 - 3:15am

Savannah Group Supports Early Childhood

Updated: 2 years ago.
The Savannah Early Childhood Foundation focuses on resources in the community to promote education for children "birth to age five." The foundation works with the Parent University of Savannah, as well as East Broad Elementary. (photo Timberland Regional Library)

A new Savannah group is aiming to tackle poverty -- through the lens of early childhood.

The Savannah Early Childhood Foundation has an ambitious agenda.

The group plans to raise $2 million in two years.

That would make it one of the largest Savannah philanthropic efforts.

The group is seeking much of its initial phase funding from national and regional early childhood organizations.

The foundation's Paul Fisher says the idea focuses resources on parents of children from birth to age five.

"What we're really doing is identifying resources focused on children and parents, but using those resources and applying them a little earlier in the stage of a child's life and the parents who help with the care, nurturing, and education of that stage of life," Fisher says.

The group extols the growing science showing how care and nurturing in a child's early years leads to life-long results in financial attainment and other success markers.

"If a child's ready for school, they enjoy school, they stay in school, graduate from school and become constructive community members and role models: that's our long-term objective," Fisher says.

The Early Childhood Foundation already runs Savannah's "Parent University."