Janesville Police Chief Dave Moore, Officer Denise Stutika, Officer Shane Punzel, Sergeant Aaron Ellis and Officer Laurie Valley came to read to the P4J students at the YWCA Rock County in Janesville on Monday, Dec. 19. The Janesville Police Department believes “that high-quality early education helps our children get a strong start in life. Early education not only helps kids get ready for school, it can also help us prevent crime and keep our communities safe.”

Joining the Janesville Police Officers at the YWCA Rock County was Eoin Dillon, Senior Associate for “Fight Crime: Invest in Kids,” part of the Council for a Strong America.

The Janesville Police Department, in cooperation with the “Fight Crime: Invest in Kids,” Program collected books that were dropped off at Book World, the Janesville Police Department lobby and at the Janesville City Hall lobby. The drive ended on Friday, Dec. 16 and the Department began the follow-up project of reading books to preschoolers to highlight the positive impact of high-quality early learning on crime prevention.

Chief Moore is a member of “Fight Crime: Invest in Kids,” the national organization of thousands of Police Chiefs, Sheriffs, Prosecutors and violence survivors who aim to improve public safety by promoting solutions that steer kids away from crime. YWCA Rock County Child Care Program offers affordable Before and After School Child Care at 10 schools in Janesville and two schools in Milton, in addition to the P4J Program that is operated in connection with the Janesville Public School system.

The YWCA Rock County Summer Discovery Day Camp is offered during the summer months with scholarships that are available for families who need financial assistance.

Angela Moore, Executive Director of YWCA Rock County,  “believes strongly that early education not only better prepares a child for his or her continuing education, but ultimately does help direct children toward a positive future and is very appreciative of the efforts of the Janesville Police Department and the  “Fight Crime: Invest in Kids” Program.”

ABOUT the YWCA Rock County
YWCA Rock County is a not-for-profit United Way Agency serving the needs of women and children in our communities. Its key focus areas include eliminating violence in our homes and neighborhoods, racial justice, economic empowerment, advocacy and community services. The YWCA is dedicated to eliminating racism, empowering women and promoting peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all. For more information, please contact the YWCA at (608) 752-5445.