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Project Title:Me and My School--Early Childhood Summer Learning ProgramInstitution Name:Northern Kentucky University Innovation Category:Research and Regional Stewardship Project Director:Carol Ryan, Associate Dean, College of Education and Human ServicesContact Information:(859) 572-5152, ryanc@nku.eduWebsite:
Project Description:This is a summer learning program for 4-year-olds transitioning to Kindergarten. The program has three foci: Ready Children—develop school readiness through a focus on child learning and developing the whole child; Ready Families—provide family engagement activities facilitating kindergarten readiness; and Ready Schools—where barriers to transition are identified and addressed. This project involves the university faculty collaborating with 7 school districts, with personnel from the PK-12 schools and the university education faculty facilitating and leading the discussions and information. Parents also participate in the program with their children.
Objectives:
  • Ready Children—develop school readiness through a focus on child learning and developing the whole child. This will be evaluated by surveys completed by the participants.
  • Ready Families—provide family engagement activities facilitating kindergarten readiness. This will be evaluated by surveys completed by the participants. 
  • Ready Schools—where barriers to transition are identified and addressed. This will be evaluated by surveys completed by the participants. Ultimately, all three objectives will be evaluated through successful participation in school by the kindergarten children.
Outcomes:Outcomes indicate the program has been successful in readying children, families, and schools for successful participation in kindergarten. The survey completers reported more knowledge and information about child development, engaging children in learning activities, and identifying barriers to school transition.
Challenges/Problems Encountered:The main challenge to the program was to recruit families with children entering kindergarten in the identified school districts. The program used many sources to advertise the program, including closely collaborating with the 7 school districts participating in the program.
Evaluation Approach:Evaluation was approached administratively by developing an opportunity for each participant to provide qualitative feedback. The final evaluation will to determine how successful the children are when they complete kindergarten.
Potential for Replication:Resources needed include: food for the meeting events; centralized meeting area; materials to hand out to all participants; guest speakers; follow-up with school districts and parents and children participating in the program.
Additional Resources:Resources needed include: food for the meeting events; centralized meeting area; materials to hand out to all participants; guest speakers; follow-up with school districts and parents and children participating in the program.
CEO-to-CEO Contact:Geoff Mearns , Presidentmearns@nku.edu
(859) 572-5123
Date Published: Tuesday, May 13, 2014