Thanks to ArcelorMittal's support, United Way of Porter County and its partners have been able to expand kindergarten readiness programs to meet need and lay the groundwork for a universal assessment process to evaluate the early childhood learning landscape in Porter County.
Program expansion includes increasing the number of students touched by the United Way of Porter County Kinder Camp program and Parents as Teachers in-school program, Ready, Set, Kindergarten (RSK). Both programs are STEAM-curriculum programs designed to provide children with a positive learning and skills development experience prior to attending kindergarten experience.
In 2017, both programs have doubled in size to meet community need. RSK has touch more than 300 lives and Kinder Camp will touch 200 students lives.
The universal assessment intiative evaluates these two programs and includes other Porter County kindergarten readiness program partners in order to measure program impact for our residents to have a successful kindergarten experience and learning career. Current program partners include Hilltop Neighborhood House, Duneland YMCA, Porter County school corporations and Purdue University Northwest.