Your gift benefits children, families and communities.
Studies show that 84% of brain development occurs between birth and five years old. Investments in high-quality early childhood education benefit children more than any other time period in their lives. Yet for the vast majority of American families, quality care is unaffordable.
Wonderspring is a nonprofit organization and more than 50% of our students come from families with an income below 200% of the Federal Poverty Income. Your donation allows Wonderspring to expand its reach to help more low-income families access high-quality care and early learning.
In Pennsylvania close to 4,000 children are on the waiting list for childcare assistance. Thousands more are ineligible for assistance because they make just a hair above the income limit but not nearly enough to afford quality care.
Supporting high-quality care helps families, communities and the overall economy. In 2016, nearly 2 million parents had to leave work, change jobs or turn down a job offer because of childcare obligations. America’s rickety childcare infrastructure is a drain on parents, who lose up to four times their salary in lifetime earnings for every year they’re out of the workforce, but even more of a drag on the U.S. economy, costing it $57 billion every year in lost earnings, productivity and revenue.
Other ways to give
Earn tax credits by donating to Wonderspring through PA’s Educational Improvement Tax Credit Program (EITC).
The EITC provides tax credits to eligible businesses contributing to a Scholarship Organization, an Educational Improvement Organization, and/or a Pre-Kindergarten Scholarship Organization. The credits equal to 75 percent of its contribution up to a maximum of $750,000 per taxable year. It can be increased to 90 percent of the contribution, if the business agrees to provide same amount for two consecutive tax years. For contributions to Pre-Kindergarten Scholarship Organizations, a business may receive a tax credit equal to 100 percent of the first $10,000 contributed and up to 90 percent of the remaining amount contributed up to a maximum credit of $200,000 annually. To learn more go here.
The Thomas J. Harwood, Jr. Scholarship Fund
Help ensure that all children and their families have equitable access to Early Childhood Education and Out of School Time programs by making a tax deductible donation to our scholarship fund.
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You may be able to double or even triple the impact of your gift to Wonderspring by making a matching gift. In addition, some companies will match gifts made by retired employees and/or employee spouses. Check with your firm’s human resource office to find out if your company has a matching gift program.