Building Our Future works to strengthen systems to expand programs that make a positive difference for our future workforce. By aligning all sectors and analyzing results, as a community we can continuously improve our systems for change.
One of the areas Building Our Future is focusing on is early childhood development because it builds a solid foundation where children are empowered to learn and contribute. Studies have shown that $7.30 is returned when a community invests $1 in early childhood.
At the other end of the spectrum, we’re expanding into postsecondary and career readiness to immediately impact Kenosha’s workforce needs.
As a community, we must do this work together. There are many ways to be involved in early childhood with Building Our Future:
We would love to get your organization and employees engaged in this work. To connect, please contact us.
This partnership represents and includes all the people of Kenosha County. In order to
address the needs of our community, we depend on all voices and resources to succeed.
There are so many wonderful organizations, businesses, schools, parents, and students.
One of our focuses will be to unite the community and actively engage them in all stages of
the process to support our youth.
Preparing for kindergarten starts at birth. The academic success of children in later years
depends heavily upon how prepared they are starting kindergarten. A child’s physical,
emotional, and academic foundation directly affect how well they adapt to the school
environment and learn.
Where is Building Our Future Now?
Building Our Future is focusing on getting Kenosha County’s children ready for school. We have a Kindergarten Readiness Network that has two work teams: Ready Family and Ready Community.
Why Getting Ready for School?
Having our youth ready for school benefits both the children and the community. Wichita State University found students from “economically disadvantaged homes who received high quality, early education” had greater state test scores for 4th grade reading and math than a similar group of students in a local school system who were not involved in the same early childhood education. A 2016 study from the University of Chicago and University of Southern California also found when a community invests $1 in early childhood, specifically for disadvantaged youth, an estimated $7.30 is returned.
How Do Youth Get Ready For School?
Getting ready for school starts early. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s website provides milestones and tips to help parents keep their children on track. For example, a milestone for a three-year-old is acknowledging a friend by name. Keep in mind, every child is different and will get ready for school in their own way.
What Is the Kindergarten Readiness Network?
It is made of individuals in the community who are focusing on engaging the community and determining how we can support families in preparing their children for kindergarten.
What Does the Kindergarten Readiness Network Do?
It is committed to collaborating, using data, connect families to the resources they need, and identifying developmentally appropriate practices to ensure children and families are ready for kindergarten.
How Can You Join the Work Building Our Future is Doing?
Email us and visit our website.
Community Bright Spot
The Even Start Family Literacy Program began in 2001 and is currently run by Kenosha Unified School District. Hansel Lugo, Even Start Program Liaison, shared that the program focuses on parent education that emphasizes developing English skills, early childhood, home visits and interactive learning activities to help parents lead as examples for their children while they learn & grow together. Even Start is open to individuals with children ages 0-5, as well as individuals looking to strengthen their English skills, shares Lugo. Current classes are at the Brass Community School, 6400 15th Ave. The beginner-level meets on Mondays and Wednesdays, and the intermediate/advanced-level group meets on Tuesdays and Thursdays. If you are interested in learning more about the Even Start Family Literacy Program, please contact Hansel Lugo at 262-359-8051 or email@example.com.
Article written by Marley Uran
University of Wisconsin Parkside
Published by the Kenosha News