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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 helped 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.
In 2017, both programs have doubled in size to meet community need. RSK has supported more than 300 lives and Kinder Camp will reach more than 200 students.
The universal assessment intiative evaluates these two programs and includes other Porter County kindergarten readiness program partners in order to measure program impact on a countywide level. Current program partners include Hilltop Neighborhood House, Duneland YMCA, Porter County school corporations and Purdue University Northwest. Here is a sample of the assessments these organizations will be utilizing.
We are looking for other providers to join us in this effort to look at the early childhood learning landscape as a whole. To learn more and join the effort, contact Rebecca Weber at firstname.lastname@example.org.