The Bobbye Jean Early Education Fund

Every child needs a caring teacher, an advocate, a champion.

Bobbye Jean Fuller served as all of those and more as an extraordinary administrator at EarlystART-St. Mark Center.

Families experiencing financial challenges need assurance that quality early learning is available for their children. Named for this early education trailblazer and family proponent, the fund ensures continuity and equal access. It is a source of boundless hope for young students – a bridge to a lifetime of learning opportunty and success.

Your support of this fund helps to ease the burden for working families who are economically vulnerable and unable to pay market rate for quality early education. The Bobbye Jean Fuller Early Education Fund assists families who are eligible for Head Start/Early Head Start, but are on the waiting list. On any given day, up to 32% of our families require early childhood education fee assistance.

Here’s how your gift makes a difference:

  • $272 = 1 week of Infant/Toddler care for a child
  • $600 = Provides hands-on, creative tools to develop new and
    engaging sensory experiences in students’ everyday learning.
  • $1,300 = Underwrites three artists-in-residence to enrich
    the art curriculum.
  • $3,510 = 3 months of Infant/Toddler care for a child.
  • $10,500 = One year of Pre-K tuition for a student.

Simply designate the Bobbye Jean Fuller Early Education Fund when you donate.

A Lifelong Learner.

Bobbye Jean began her career at UICS in 1979 as a dedicated volunteer, advancing from bus monitor to teacher assistant, lead teacher, and director. She acquired many credentials and earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Child and Family Studies in 2006.

Always be on the lookout for the presence of wonder. 

 – E.B.White