C-Forward, Inc., an information technologies company in Covington, KY is giving back to the community this holiday season in a way that promotes early childhood reading and improved school attendance. Staff decorated a Christmas tree with Dr. Seuss books and is donating it to the children at James E. Biggs Early Childhood Education Center in Covington, Kentucky. The tree is intended to encourage students to attend school and learn to read. Children with perfect attendance in December will be allowed to take a book from the tree. The tree will be on display at the C-Forward offices on Fri., Dec. 7 for an open house and then moved to the school. The company also purchased much needed winter coats for the school’s Family Resource Center to distribute to those students in need. C-Forward, Inc. and James E. Biggs were matched as B.E.S.T. Partners by the Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce in 2008. B.E.S.T. (Business Education Success Team) Partners work together to achieve specific goals.
This year the C-Forward team is working on improving attendance and literacy. Studies indicate if a child has not reached reading proficiency by third grade, their chances of not graduating from high school increase dramatically. C-Forward is working with a new regional collaborative, ReadOn! to make sure every child can read by third grade. Brent Cooper, C-Forward President, said, “The children of today are our future leaders and future employees. Our economy depends on the region’s ability to provide a quality work force. It is estimated that by 2020, 9 out of 10 jobs will require some level of post-secondary education. Creating a quality workforce begins at an early age.” Dale Silver, C-Forward’s Client Service Manager added, “Our hope is that by focusing on Pre-school kids and helping them become ready for kindergarten, we will make a positive impact on our future workforce. I hope other companies in the area will join us in our efforts to improve early childhood reading and attendance.”