Making a difference

UICS and St. Mark Center believe that, together with a caring community, we can make bigger strides and accomplish more with quality early learning. 

Studies indicate that for every $1 investment in early childhood learning, as much as $17 is returned. High quality programs like those at St. Mark Center not only promote healthy development of children, but also minimize the need for more expensive interventions later in a child’s life.

Children who receive quality early education are:

  • more likely to graduate from high school
  • less likely to become a teen parent
  • twice as likely to attend college
  • more likely to avoid special education, grade repetition, early parenthood, and incarceration.

Together, our efforts make a significant impact in the life of each child, the future of each family, and the well-being of our community and greater society. 



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