Trident United Way is proud to lead a new effort to support early childhood educators.

As part of the Kindergarten Readiness Network , The Tri-County Child Care Community of Practice starts its first training session later this month. The program brings together providers to focus on professional growth.

It's estimated one out of five childcare providers leave the profession within 12 months. Thanks to a PNC Bank grant, the 10-month program includes monthly learning sessions and attendance at a statewide conference. 

“The earlier children are exposed to an environment that emphasizes learning, the more prepared they will be for kindergarten,” said Kim Foxworth, Trident United Way director of education. “By giving early childhood educators the space to connect, collaborate and reflect about their practice, we hope providers will remain in the field or early childhood education and children will have a strong foundation prior to starting Kindergarten.”