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.