There is strong research demonstrating that readiness in Kindergarten ensures long-term success in school. Skills like following directions, managing emotions and getting along with others, in addition to pre-reading and number skills have long-term implications for future success in school and in life.
COVID has had a devastating impact on education, and most especially on our youngest learners. Socializing plays an important role in their development, from learning to share, to honing their language skills. But with social distancing measures in place, many kids have missed out on opportunities to play and learn. Additionally, many students did not have the opportunity for a preschool experience during the pandemic.
Thanks to a grant from CCRES along with OT and Speech support from Austill's Educational Therapy Services and the CCIU, DCEF was able to to bring Kdg JumpStart to 254 incoming kindergarteners in all 10 elementary schools this summer.