PARK CITY, Utah—In collaboration with Vail Resorts EpicPromise, Park City Mountain has made a substantial commitment of $250,000 to the Park City Education Foundation. This generous contribution aims to bolster preschool programs in the Park City School District (PCSD).
With the Park City Education Foundation (PCEF) spearheading fundraising efforts, a $4 million preschool endowment is being raised. This initiative is driven by the goal of providing access to high-quality and affordable preschool education for children as young as three years old in Park City.
“Affordable, comprehensive, high-quality preschool is a critical need in our local community,” said Deirdra Walsh, vice president and chief operating officer of Park City Mountain on the Park City Education Foundation website. “We are proud to be able to support our youngest community members and help them build a strong foundation for their future through the Park City Education Foundation.”
Park City, the first school district in Utah to offer subsidized preschool, has been supported by Park City Mountain through Vail Resorts EpicPromise since 2014. As of now, the entire district can accommodate 200 preschoolers. However, with the PCEF endowment and the 2021 school district bond to construct more educational space, an extra 400 preschool students will have the opportunity to enroll.
“Early childhood education is crucial for the success of all students and plays a critical role in the health of entire families and communities,” said Abby McNulty, president and chief executive officer of Park City Education Foundation on the website. “We are incredibly grateful to Park City Mountain and Vail Resorts EpicPromise for their support of early childhood education. Access to affordable, quality preschool has been shown to increase high school graduation rates, years of college completed, and lifetime earned income. Addressing the opportunity gap prior to kindergarten enables all students, regardless of background or ability to start with the same foundation.”