Education Unlocks Potential


We all know what time of year it is. It’s HOT. Football has returned. Labor Day has passed School bells are ringing. All this means one thing: school’s back in session! Many of us take this time of year for granted. It’s just part of the normal routine of life. But truly this is a magical time for developing minds and bodies, especially the young, who may not even be attending the proverbial red brick school house nor a high quality Pre-K program yet but are indeed in need of gaining knowledge.

“Education is indispensible” Dr. Tommy Bice, State Superintendent of Education, stated at a meeting recently. This means that education is not subject to being set aside nor neglected; it’s absolutely necessary.

Why? Education is the key to unlocking potential in terms of academic success, influential relationships, rewarding opportunities, better jobs, and economic vitality for individuals, families and the community. At that same meeting, Dr. Bice shared that after numerous conversations with educators, employers, business leaders, and administrators at institutions of higher learning one issue became abundantly clear: Alabama’s high school graduates and young adults lack “intellectual curiosity.”

In the words of Forest E. Witcraft, “A hundred years from now it will not matter what my bank account was, the sort of house I lived in, or the kind of car I drove...but the world may be different because I was important in the life of a child.” Childcare Resources is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) partner agency of United Way of Central Alabama. Established in 1984, the agency’s mission is to make quality care and education of children happen by providing information, education, and assistance to families, providers of child care and the community.

This is achieved by:

  • providing training to child care professionals in Blount, Jefferson, Shelby and Walker Counties
  • assisting low-to-moderate income working families, who meet eligibility criteria, to pay for child care
  • providing comprehensive child care information to families who are looking for child care options
  • offering a Parent Education @ Work program, helping employees in their vitally important roles as parents.

In 2012, Childcare Resources became the first and only child care resource and referral agency in the south to achieve National Quality Assurance for best practices from Child Care Aware of America.