SAFEGUARDING THE EMOTIONAL HEALTH OF OUR COMMUNITY’S CHILDREN
ChildSavers100 is our strategic vision to double our children’s mental health and development services by our 100th anniversary. You can help make this possible!
Our Aim: “The Moon”
In 1924, on the heels of a pandemic, ChildSavers opened its doors to meet the physical and mental health needs of our community’s children. Fifty years later, we expanded our focus to ensure this same access was available to families in need of quality child care. By ensuring the spaces where children were spending the bulk of their time are safe, nurturing environments, we can prevent incidents of trauma.
When we were founded, serving 20,000 children per year was unthinkable – perhaps impossible. With your help, we will do just that.
ChildSavers100 is our plan to double the number of children we serve by the time we turn 100 in 2024. ChildSavers100 – or CS100 – is our “moon shot.” As John F. Kennedy said, “We choose to go to the moon…not because it is easy, but because it is hard, because that goal will serve to organize and measure the best of our energies and skills, because that challenge is one that we are willing to accept, one we are unwilling to postpone, and one which we intend to win.”
To provide the resources necessary to realize this vision, we launched a $15 million comprehensive fundraising campaign that will allow us to accomplish the following:
- 1,700 of Greater Richmond’s children receiving mental health services
- 19,000 infants and toddlers enrolled in quality early child care and education across Virginia
- Plus, funding for critical capital improvements, support of our annual funds, and growth of the endowment.
Why We Need Your Help
ChildSavers is at the nexus of two critical issues our communities are facing: a need for quality early child care and children’s mental health services.
Bridging the access gap to children’s mental health and early childhood care can precede lower incarceration rates, school dropout rates, lower achievement gaps, instances of homelessness, and development of chronic health issues. When we double our impact, we propel everyone’s trajectory forward.
Bridging the Gaps to Trauma-Informed Child Therapy
The CDC reports that 1 in 5 children may experience a mental health crisis each year, yet only 20% of these children will have access to care. In Richmond, that number may be even lower. To bridge this gap, ChildSavers provides trauma-informed mental health care to children and their families, regardless of their ability to pay.
We know that trauma changes children. Toxic stress occurs when a child experiences four or more traumatic instance such as parental substance abuse, divorce, neglect, and abuse. This can have serious, lifelong impacts on a child’s mental and physical health. On average, our clients start experiencing toxic stress by age ten.
Expanding Access to Quality Early Education in Virginia
Because of the quality of Virginia’s public child care and Pre-K programs is neither monitored nor measured consistently, 40% of our children do not enter K – 12 with the literacy, math, self-regulation and social skills needed to thrive. This is an even bigger challenge in communities of Color and low-resource areas.
ChildSavers provides training to hundreds of early educators – from small, in-home, family providers to large on-site facilities – across Virginia, equipping them with the skills needed to prepare all children for lifelong learning and development.
Over the next three years, we can bridge the access gap to mental health for more than 1,700 children and ensure more than 19,000 children have the quality early care and education needed for lifelong learning. The effects of this campaign will ripple throughout the next 100 years, and you can be a part.
Our goal is to raise $15 million dollars for children’s mental health and development over the next three years. With $9 million already raised, this goal is within reach. We need your support to complete this work.
You Can Help!
We need your support to double our service capacity and provide 20,000 children with equitable access to mental health and child development services.
Have questions? Want a tour of ChildSavers? Contact the Development team at 804-644-9590.