Fight for Children, known for sponsoring the annual fundraiser Fight Night, is trying something new and innovative in an effort to focus attention on the importance of early childhood education. Fight for Children Week is being held Monday, September 25th through Friday, September 29th and includes activities for community members, educators, business leaders, and policy makers.
Let’s start with ways that the community can show support for Fight for Children’s mission “to ensure that all kids in Washington, D.C., especially those in the highest need areas, receive a quality early education and a solid foundation for future success.” There are promotions at multiple area restaurants where a portion of proceeds will go to support Fight for Children:
- Month of September: $1 from the sale of each slice of the Pie of the Month from Joe’s Seafood, Prime Steak & Seafood,
- Week of September 24th to 30th: Proceeds from the sale of all of D.C.’s Taylor Gourmet’s Cookies for Children,
- Monday, September 25th: 10% of sales from Cava at Dupont Circle during the hours of 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. when you mention Fight for Children at check-out,
- Wednesday, September 27th: &pizza will donate $2 from the sale of every pizza from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Chinatown, Dupont Circle, and Columbia Heights locations but the digital flyer must be shown at checkout, and
- Thursday, September 28th: 20% of sales from the Roti Modern Mediterranean at 1629 K Street from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. but the digital flyer must be shown at checkout.
Events for educators, business leaders, and policy makers include:
- Tuesday, September 26: Coffee, Conversation, and Controversy is an invitation-only breakfast series that will bring people together to discuss important topics around early education. The goal of the discussion “is to identify concrete actions that can be taken by key members of the community to further improve the educational experiences and outcomes for D.C.’s youngest citizens.” The first session will focus on the subject of implicit bias and will be moderated by Dr. Walter S. Gilliam, the Director of the Edward Zigler Center in Child Development and Social Policy and Associate Professor of Child Psychiatry and Psychology at the Yale University Child Study Center.
- Wednesday, September 27: Organizations are encouraged to have employees wear jeans to work and make a donation to Fight for Children while communicating the importance of early childhood education. There will be a special media event on this day and people who share pictures of themselves in jeans on Facebook and Twitter using the hashtag #Jeans4Children could win tickets to Fight Night.
- Thursday, September 28th: A daylong conference for teachers and leaders on topics such as Quality Project-Based Learning in the Early Years, Children Are Citizens: Reflecting on a Year of Inquiry, Global Artifacts: Using Objects to Help Kids Consider Perspectives, Leading Their Own Learning: Early Elementary Explorations of Their Neighborhood, and Seeing With All Our Senses. The event is being held at the FHI 360 Conference Center.
- Friday, September 29th: Volunteer at Eagle Academy PCS, a Fight for Children partner school. More information to come.
The organization highlights the following information about the importance of high quality early childhood education. For low-income children lacking this type of schooling:
- 25% more likely to drop out of school
- 40% more likely to become a teenage parent
- 70% more likely to be arrested for a violent crime
It looks like a truly exciting week to help our youngest neighbors get off to a great start in life.