Marie Wilkinson Child Development Center
Supporting low income children and needy families.
Parenting can be a challenging task especially for parents with a limited amount of time and resources. Being restricted in terms of finances can impact the way children are raised and ultimately hinder their performances in the classroom setting. Psychosocial support from MWCDC can provide you and your children with the necessary tools to overcome challenging circumstances and experience more positive outcomes in life.
(630) 851 7772 | 1144 E Galena Blvd | Aurora, IL 60505
WHAT WE STAND FOR
Helping Low-income Students to Succeed in School
Our agency helps K – 12 students to overcome socioeconomic and socioemotional barriers to successful outcomes in the classroom setting. Research reveals that students who are raised in poor social environments are at a severe academic disadvantage in comparison to their wealthier peers. One of the underlying reasons for this academic disparity is the inability for low-income students to access psychiatric and counseling services offered within the community. Obtaining mental support can sometimes help such students to succeed in the classroom environment. Getting assessed for mental disorders and receiving counseling interventions furthermore can make a significant difference in the lives of low-income students.
Helping Students who are Raised in Single Parent Households
Numerous research studies confirm that students who are raised in single parent households are less likely to experience academic success when compared to students who are raised in duel-parent households (Krein & Beller 1988). This phenomenon is primarily due to differences in finances, levels of engagement, involvement, and accessibility barriers to a widespread variety of community-based resources. Consequently, students who are born and raised in single-parent households are at a severe risk of developing mental illnesses such as: depression, anxiety, autism, and attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Having any one of these mental illnesses has been shown to severely hinder students' level of drive, motivation, and academic performance. The first step for low-income parents and guardians who desire to positively impact their children's learning experiences is to seek mental and financial support from community-based organizations.
Suppressing Barriers to Academic Success, and Barriers to a Healthy Childhood Development
It is in the best interest of all children to experience a healthy social, emotional, and cognitive development. It is highly typical, during modern times, for low-income children to progress through the educational system while suffering from undetected / undiagnosed mental illnesses. Our nonprofit organization ensures that such children are assessed and provided with the necessary early childhood interventions required to prevent such mental illnesses from exacerbating throughout time.
An additional barrier to academic success for low-income students is lacking a robust preschool education. Several research studies throughout the previous decades have revealed that ages 0 through 5 are the most crucial periods of development in all children. For that matter, a robust preschool education has significant cognitive implications among all developing children (Pianta, Barnett, Burchinal & Thornburg 2009). Children who are not provided a good quality preschool education are highly susceptible towards becoming limited in their abilities to effectively communicate, form friendships and express their thoughts through the usage of standard vocabulary. On average, low-income children who do not attend preschool hear a total of 13 million words by the age of 4, whereas students who attend preschool hear a total of 26 million words by the age of 4.
Overcoming such profound barriers to successful outcomes in the classroom setting requires low-income parents and guardians to take the first step towards acknowledging that your child (or children) may significantly benefit from counseling services and psychiatric care. Together, with the team of childcare support experts at MWCDC, we can overcome such financial and socioemotional barriers preventing your children from realizing their fullest potential in the classroom setting.
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Daycare & Child Support Services
We understand how important it is for you to attend your day-to-day job while also fulfilling other essential life-sustaining requirements.
Community Referral Services
We understand how important it is for you and your child (or children) to have full access to various community-based services.
Our Clothing Bank provides free clothes to parents and children who are eligible to benefit from such charitable donations.
Parenting Education Services
Our Parenting Education Services help you to become more informed as to how you can ensure that your child (or children) experiences a healthy development.
Krein, S. F., & Beller, A. H. (1988). Educational attainment of children from single-parent families: Differences by exposure, gender, and race. Demography, 25(2), 221-234. Pianta, R. C., Barnett, W. S., Burchinal, M., & Thornburg, K. R. (2009). The effects of preschool education: What we know, how public policy is or is not aligned with the evidence base, and what we need to know. Psychological science in the public interest, 10(2), 49-88.