Wednesday, during a press conference held at E.L. Haynes Charter School’s Kansas Avenue campus, Mayor Vincent Gray, former Mayor Anthony Williams and Fight For Children CEO Michela English announced the launch of Joe’s Champs, a $10 million, 10,000 child early development program developed by Fight For Children and named in honor of FFC founder, the late Joe Robert.
To launch the program, United Arab Emirates Ambassador Yousef Al Otaiba, Fight Night Chairman Raul Fernandez, Fight Night Chairman, Chuck Kuhn (President of JK Moving & Storage) and Fred Schaufel (Chairman and Founder of NEW Corp), announced a $1.6 million dollar donation to kick off the Joe’s Champs program at the press conference.
Fight For Childrenâ€™s Ready to Learn DC program focuses on early childhood education for three and four-year-olds. The program is built upon three pillars that focus on schools, teachers and parents: Â 1) work with the City to hold schools and other programs accountable for making sure children are ready for kindergarten; 2) ensure that all schools and programs in high-need neighborhoods have great early childhood education teachers, supportive school leaders, and the right tools to be successful; and 3) give parents useful information so they can make good choices on where to send their children to preschool and how to be actively involved in their childrenâ€™s education.
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