Helping Each Child Get An Equal Start At School
What is the problem?
- Disadvantage families have just 51% opportunity to learn according to Schott’s Foundation’s opportunity index.
- Nationwide 70% of low-income children begin school behind.
- Locally, the situation is worse; for example, in the Ravenswood School district 73% enter school unprepared at appropriately 18 months to 2 years.
- Kindergarten readiness is the #1 indicator of academic success. Let’s start ready.
Why work on learning before school?
Children’s brains are prime for learning:
- 90% of brain development is complete by age 5
- Memory, language, communication and reasoning skills peak between ages 2 to 5
- Investing in early childhood education is cost effective and more effective than trying to correct deficits later.
Covid creates new obstacles for low-income families:
- Only 27% of preschools in San Mateo county are operating
- Headstart is operating at 40% enrollment due to social distancing space requirements
- Financial hardships make it more difficult to participate in a fee based program
How does our program work?
We provide a teaching kit for the parents which contains basic materials they will need as they work with their child.
The kits enrich learning by providing hands on materials for the child to learn. Combining the materials with the learning creates high quality learning.
We provide a core set of books and 2 books per month to introduce the child to the gift of reading.
Each learning session provides theme based learning. Each session includes books that are read and 6 – 7 activities. Materials are delivered to the home. Included in the materials are additional customized learning materials just for that child.