Tuesday , June 25 2024

Literacy focus in Kings Canyon Unified School District, B3 program

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<font size="2"><p>KSEE24 teaming up with First 5 Fresno County to help parents connect with their children from birth to the third grade by providing programs for literacy and early development.</p> <p>We visited Washington Elementary in the Kings Canyon Unified School District where these programs are taking place.</p> <p>We modeled our Parent Academy program for our two challenge schools after the successful program that has been running for 14 years at another one of our district elementary schools – Jefferson. Jefferson’s 3rd grade reading scores are at 46%, which is much higher than those at Washington (29%) and at Lincoln (18%) I mentioned this in the interview as well, but I am not sure which parts of the video you will be using. </p> <p>Parent Education/Leadership classes improve 3rd grade reading scores because they encourage parents to be more actively involved in their children’s education. It empowers them to partner with the teachers, school, and district to best serve their children. Parents that are involved in the school are also more likely to read to their children and be involved in their homework, which in turn makes them more successful. </p> <p>Parent Academy classes include – Parenting Partners, Latino Literacy, ESL, Computer Literacy, Health/Nutrition, and Gymboree is coming up soon. </p> <p>Free Childcare is provided during the parents classes so that they can focus on being involved with the other parents and learning. Our childcare lead teachers have Bachelor Degrees in Child Development and teach preschool in the afternoons at two of our district preschools. </p> <p>Working to create a logo and advertise our program so that we can get parents across the district involved and expand to additional schools. We have been working with the parents to create a logo. </p> <p>Parents have expressed that the classes have increased their confidence, made them feel like better role models for their children, gave them a sense of community, family, and partnership with other parents and the schools, and they are overall very excited about the program so far. Looking forward to watching it grow and improving our 3rd grade reading scores across the district.</p> <p> </p> <p> </p></font><br /></div>

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