"The academic success of children in later years depends heavily upon their kindergarten readiness. The first few years of education and preparedness are the most crucial to establishing a solid foundation from which children can adapt to school systems and learn successfully. During this period, children develop primary skills that form the foundations of reading, counting, and social interaction." -Brian Cox, United Way
. . . and Kindergarten Success
A 2018 analysis, conducted by the Children's Institute showed that Kindergarten students who participated in one of GRSLA's Universal PreK programs scored significantly higher on the Brigance Kindergarten Assessment than peers who only attended Universal PreK during the school year and peers who did not attend Universal PreK during the school year or a GRSLA summer learning program.
“The superior performance of the UPK+Summer children on the
Brigance… indicates that GRSLA
summer learning programs effects can persist beyond the immediate post-program timeframe."
The goal is simple: by the time they reach 3rd grade, we want students involved in our programs to be at reading level. We want to help them gain the literacy skills they need to build a strong foundation for high school, college, and beyond.