GOAL: Improve kindergarten preparedness and early grade student performance
Kindergarten entrance assessment, 3rd grade reading scores, middle school math proficiency
1. Expand home visitation for at-risk children birth to age 3 by providing funding to hire additional social workers for the greater Middletown area at the Butler County Educational Service Center (BCESC), reducing or eliminating current waiting lists.
2. Create peer-to-peer parent ambassadors for early childhood education at the Parent Resource Center.
3. Provide incentives for local pre-schools to work with 4C for Children's coaching programs to comply with the state's five-star quality early childhood education rating system.
4. Expand home visitation programs for at-risk children age 3-5 through BCESC.
5. Expand parent support classes and similar offerings at the Parent Resource Center.
6. Subsidize transportation cost for some participants in these initiatives.
7. Provide sliding-scale pre-school scholarships for families to enroll children in highly-rated (three stars and above) local pre-schools.
8. Continue our Ready Schools kindergarten orientation and transition program in partnership with United Way.
9. Work with local elementary schools on literacy enrichment programs for grades K-2.
10. Provide community resources liaison social workers in elementary schools currently without them.
11. Hire a coordinator to oversee implementation of these programs, to coordinate professional evaluation of their effectiveness and impact, and to administer a parent awareness campaign through social media, education health care professionals and businesses, and enlisting the faith community as partners.
Middletown Community Foundation 300 N. Main Street Suite 300 Middletown, OH 45042 513-424-7369