“What’s missing in the current debate over economic inequality is enough serious discussion about investing in effective early childhood development from birth to age five,” Nobel Laureate James Heckman wrote a few days ago.

The Family Learning Center is one place where those investments are made every single day. For over 30 years, this nonprofit in Boulder, Colorado has been teaching low-income kids of all ages academic and personal skills to increase the likelihood that they will grow up to become self-sufficient and successful in whatever they choose to do.

Kids who live in safe neighborhoods, attend good schools, and get consistent guidance from adults have a hard enough time finding their way in the world these days. Yet, for the kids served by the Family Learning Center, making a successful transition to adulthood is considerably more challenging given the accumulated lifelong disadvantages they have experienced.

The Family Learning Center was founded by Brenda Lyle, who grew up in a low-income LA neighborhood. After relocating to Boulder as an adult, she wanted to make a positive difference in the lives of others like her. The organization began as a preschool for low-income families.  Over time it has developed programs for kids at all points in their educational careers.

Learn about the many ways to get involved with this important work; these include contributing money, donating goods, volunteering time, and attending events.