In 2015, Preschool Advantage (PSA) founders Jill Lasser and Stuart Lasser were awarded Peck's Community Service Award. The Class of 2019, many of whom participated in the Preschool Advantage orientation evening held at Peck last spring, was thrilled to continue strengthening the connection between Peck and PSA. Our students well-exceeded the $10,000 fundraising goal they set for themselves this year.
Established in 1995, PSA's mission is to provide tuition for eligible children to attend preschool because the advantages of early education cannot be underestimated. According to PSA's website:
By the age of three, children from lower income families are already developmentally behind their more affluent peers. Research shows the most efficient and effective way to equalize that shocking gap is to give children a quality preschool education so they can enter kindergarten ready to learn and succeed. As adults, children who attend a quality preschool are better educated, interact better with others, are healthier, and have higher economic productivity than those who don't get that opportunity. There are thousands of families in New Jersey who cannot afford to provide their children with early education. Preschool Advantage is committed to addressing the need, one child at a time.
In the past, Peck seventh graders have raised money to support their Class' seventh- and eighth-grade trips to Boston and Washington D.C. Now, thanks to an annual gift from Peck's Parents Association that helps fund the trips, the students are able to focus their fundraising efforts outside of Peck and within the greater community to help make a true difference.