History of the Ready to Learn Initiative
The Ready to Learn Initiative, formally known as the Kindergarten Readiness Program, began in April 2010 with a small sampling of preschool programs as part of a pilot project through the Continuum of Learning.
In the 2012-2013 school year, 42 programs participated in the Ready to Learn Initiative. There were 1,966 learning check-ups completed with 3-, 4- and 5-year-old children using the Brigance Screening Tool. Overall, Community Connection Point distributed more than 2,000 Kindergarten Readiness Calendars throughout the community and held six community screening events and two parent engagement events in collaboration with the Springfield Park District Funshop.
For the 2013-2014 school year, the program was adjusted to include a new three-tiered system customized to the individual provider participants. Each tiered system receives all required Brigance materials to complete learning check- ups, cohort meetings, ongoing technical support, a monetary stipend and more.
Within the updated system, participants will be able to complete a learning check-up for each of their children at both the beginning and the end of the year, and a recognition event is held for all participants at the end of the year.
If you are interested in being a participant or a community screening site for the Ready to Learn Initiative, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org