EARLY LEARNING 2018-08-13T02:34:36+00:00

EARLY LEARNING

EARLY LEARNING

EARLY LEARNING

GOAL: Ensure that children are surpassing key readiness and early grade reading benchmarks.

 

Community Issue: Children from low-income families are less likely to have access to high-quality early education, and are less likely to enter school prepared for success. Reading proficiency by third grade is the most important predictor of high school graduation and career success. Yet every year, more than 80% of low-income children miss this crucial milestone.

 

United Way’s Community Impact Goal: Ensure that children are surpassing key development and early grade achievement benchmarks by supporting programs that serve young children (and their families) and prepare them to succeed in school.

 

Community Strategies:

•  Ensure children ages 0–5 receive quality early learning opportunities.
•  Increase knowledge/skills of parenting and early childhood development.
•  Support strong transition programming into kindergarten.
•  Invest in results-focused programming for students and their families in kindergarten-third grade.

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EARLY LEARNING

GOAL: Ensure that children are surpassing key readiness and early grade reading benchmarks.

 

Community Issue: Children from low-income families are less likely to have access to high-quality early education, and are less likely to enter school prepared for success. Reading proficiency by third grade is the most important predictor of high school graduation and career success. Yet every year, more than 80% of low-income children miss this crucial milestone.

 

United Way’s Community Impact Goal: Ensure that children are surpassing key development and early grade achievement benchmarks by supporting programs that serve young children (and their families) and prepare them to succeed in school.

 

Community Strategies:

•  Ensure children ages 0–5 receive quality early learning opportunities.
•  Increase knowledge/skills of parenting and early childhood development.
•  Support strong transition programming into kindergarten.
•  Invest in results-focused programming for students and their families in kindergarten-third grade.

NEED HELP? CALL 2-1-1

Dial 2-1-1 or CLICK HERE to access hundreds of community services. It’s FREE, confidential, and available 24 hours a day.

PROGRAM INFORMATION

CENTER FOR THE HOMELESS in collaboration with Montessori Academy at Edison Lakes.

DESCRIPTION: The Montessori Classroom is a certified Montessori preschool & kindergarten program located at the Center for the Homeless. True to the Montessori Method, this classroom emphasizes the unique skills and talents of each child and promotes self-reliance and independence in its students, all while creating an environment that cultivates the child’s intellect and love of learning, instill responsibility, fosters respect, and inspires care for the community.

NUMBER SERVED: 68

EL CAMPITO

DESCRIPTION: El Campito provides access to high quality early learning opportunities, parent engagement, and strong transitions to kindergarten while serving a population where 70% of children are living at or below the line of poverty.

NUMBER SERVED: 48

EL CAMPITO in collaboration with Read Baby Read, Discovery Learning Program, Latino Task Force.

DESCRIPTION:  Parents as Teachers is an integration of work done by El Campito, Read Baby Read, & The Discovery Learning Program to engage & equip Spanish-speaking parents in preparing their children for kindergarten. This intervention consists of 7 90-minute workshops to low-income parents of preschoolers. The content covers four primary areas: literacy, math, how the brain learns, & child development. Each week, parents learn & practice skills with their children.

NUMBER SERVED:  220

EL CAMPITO in collaboration with La Casa, Harrison Primary Elementary

DESCRIPTION:  “Listos Para Kinder” is an 8 week summer program based on the HighScope curriculum in which students will be immersed in hands-on activities that are both child-initiated and developmentally appropriate to meet all of their individual needs that encourages social, emotional, physical, cognitive, and linguistical growth to allow a successful transition to Kindergarten. This program will be offered at El Campito (full day) and La Casa de Amistad (half day) and target children who have not been in a preschool setting previously.

NUMBER SERVED:  66

LA CASA 

DESCRIPTION:  Our Yo Puedo Leer (I can read) program offers a bilingual curriculum (English-Spanish) to children in the Latino community living in St. Joseph County. This program assists students through their language- learning journey by strengthening their linguistic development, gross motor, fine and number recognition skills. The Yo Puedo Leer program has proven to be successful for decades in building a strong base of bilingual reading and writing skills, which facilitates their learning skills

NUMBER SERVED:  60

READY TO GROW ST. JOE in collaboration with in collaboration with Early Childhood Alliance, the Early Learning Center at Granger Community Church, ECDC-Notre Dame and St. Mary’s, El Campito, Ivy Tech Community College, Purdue Extension Office, South Bend Regional Chamber, St. Joseph County Health Department, Talk with Your Baby, United Way of St. Joseph County, and WNIT Public Television.

DESCRIPTION: Ready to Grow St. Joe is a collection of early childhood stakeholders committed to ensuring that all children in St. Joseph County, birth to eight, have the foundation to thrive in school and in life. We work through our members to engage the community, build systems and empower families, with efforts focused on Quality Early Learning, Health & Wellness and Family Support.

NUMBER SERVED: 20,000 (based on ELAC’s 2017 SJC Profile, number of children 0-5 years)

UNITED HEALTH SERVICES

Hearing and speech screenings have been provided to children in this area for over 30 years. While we want to continue to provide hearing & speech screenings, we are requesting funding to pursue in-depth work at sites to improve listening, oral language, and pre-literacy skills.

NUMBER SERVED:  2,800

YMCA in collaboration with YMCA of the USA, Xavier School of Excellence.

DESCRIPTION: The Summer Learning Loss Prevention (SLLP) program offers summer reading and enrichment for 1st-2nd grade children from low-income environments that are reading below grade level. Rather than falling further behind during summer months, children enrolled in the program will improve their literacy skills, gaining the traction they need to catch up to their peers and perform well for the rest of their academic career. We combine the academics of Summer School with the fun of Summer Camp to help each child reach their full potential and discover the joy of learning.

NUMBER SERVED: 112

YWCA in collaboration with REAL Services Foster Grandparents, Robinson Community Learning Center

DESCRIPTION: The YWCA addresses emotional & behavioral needs of the children of shelter clients by providing Trauma Informed Care with a master’s level Children’s Counselor, a Children’s Services Coordinator & 5 Child Activity Aides. Children’s Services are focused around High Scope program & all staff receives High Scope training. Although many of our children only receive services for 40-45 days, we start the process of preparing them for pre-school or kindergarten (age-appropriate).

NUMBER SERVED: 1,356

PROGRAM INFORMATION

CENTER FOR THE HOMELESS in collaboration with Montessori Academy at Edison Lakes.

DESCRIPTION: The Montessori Classroom is a certified Montessori preschool & kindergarten program located at the Center for the Homeless. True to the Montessori Method, this classroom emphasizes the unique skills and talents of each child and promotes self-reliance and independence in its students, all while creating an environment that cultivates the child’s intellect and love of learning, instill responsibility, fosters respect, and inspires care for the community.

NUMBER SERVED: 68

EL CAMPITO

DESCRIPTION: El Campito provides access to high quality early learning opportunities, parent engagement, and strong transitions to kindergarten while serving a population where 70% of children are living at or below the line of poverty.

NUMBER SERVED: 48

EL CAMPITO in collaboration with Read Baby Read, Discovery Learning Program, Latino Task Force.

DESCRIPTION:  Parents as Teachers is an integration of work done by El Campito, Read Baby Read, & The Discovery Learning Program to engage & equip Spanish-speaking parents in preparing their children for kindergarten. This intervention consists of 7 90-minute workshops to low-income parents of preschoolers. The content covers four primary areas: literacy, math, how the brain learns, & child development. Each week, parents learn & practice skills with their children.

NUMBER SERVED:  220

EL CAMPITO in collaboration with La Casa, Harrison Primary Elementary

DESCRIPTION:  “Listos Para Kinder” is an 8 week summer program based on the HighScope curriculum in which students will be immersed in hands-on activities that are both child-initiated and developmentally appropriate to meet all of their individual needs that encourages social, emotional, physical, cognitive, and linguistical growth to allow a successful transition to Kindergarten. This program will be offered at El Campito (full day) and La Casa de Amistad (half day) and target children who have not been in a preschool setting previously.

NUMBER SERVED:  66

LA CASA 

DESCRIPTION:  Our Yo Puedo Leer (I can read) program offers a bilingual curriculum (English-Spanish) to children in the Latino community living in St. Joseph County. This program assists students through their language- learning journey by strengthening their linguistic development, gross motor, fine and number recognition skills. The Yo Puedo Leer program has proven to be successful for decades in building a strong base of bilingual reading and writing skills, which facilitates their learning skills

NUMBER SERVED:  60

READY TO GROW ST. JOE in collaboration with in collaboration with Early Childhood Alliance, the Early Learning Center at Granger Community Church, ECDC-Notre Dame and St. Mary’s, El Campito, Ivy Tech Community College, Purdue Extension Office, South Bend Regional Chamber, St. Joseph County Health Department, Talk with Your Baby, United Way of St. Joseph County, and WNIT Public Television.

DESCRIPTION: Ready to Grow St. Joe is a collection of early childhood stakeholders committed to ensuring that all children in St. Joseph County, birth to eight, have the foundation to thrive in school and in life. We work through our members to engage the community, build systems and empower families, with efforts focused on Quality Early Learning, Health & Wellness and Family Support.

NUMBER SERVED: 20,000 (based on ELAC’s 2017 SJC Profile, number of children 0-5 years)

UNITED HEALTH SERVICES

Hearing and speech screenings have been provided to children in this area for over 30 years. While we want to continue to provide hearing & speech screenings, we are requesting funding to pursue in-depth work at sites to improve listening, oral language, and pre-literacy skills.

NUMBER SERVED:  2,800

YMCA in collaboration with YMCA of the USA, Xavier School of Excellence.

DESCRIPTION: The Summer Learning Loss Prevention (SLLP) program offers summer reading and enrichment for 1st-2nd grade children from low-income environments that are reading below grade level. Rather than falling further behind during summer months, children enrolled in the program will improve their literacy skills, gaining the traction they need to catch up to their peers and perform well for the rest of their academic career. We combine the academics of Summer School with the fun of Summer Camp to help each child reach their full potential and discover the joy of learning.

NUMBER SERVED: 112

YWCA in collaboration with REAL Services Foster Grandparents, Robinson Community Learning Center

DESCRIPTION: The YWCA addresses emotional & behavioral needs of the children of shelter clients by providing Trauma Informed Care with a master’s level Children’s Counselor, a Children’s Services Coordinator & 5 Child Activity Aides. Children’s Services are focused around High Scope program & all staff receives High Scope training. Although many of our children only receive services for 40-45 days, we start the process of preparing them for pre-school or kindergarten (age-appropriate).

NUMBER SERVED: 1,356

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