With a high percentage of our students across the 12 school districts falling behind in reading and math, it’s become even more important to not only prepare students at an early age for their future educational careers but to also make an effort in finding resources in the community for those who are at or below these proficiencies. As a community, it is important to put our focus on the children starting at birth and as they make their way to college or some form of continued education. There are a variety of opportunities for children starting at birth to 18-years of age offered in our community to prepare them.
SPROUTS playgroups at the Kenosha Achievement Center (KAC) strive to provide children with the ability to learn and grow through interaction with other students as they prepare for the education and life ahead. It is a free opportunity for the parents to also network and grow as they work together to provide their children with the best opportunities for improvement. They host weekly, 90-minute sessions run by fellow parents and other volunteers. Children can participate in free play, snack time, stories, songs, and table activities with both their peers and parents. There is also the opportunity to take part in a parent committee offered at each SPROUTS location to work together in strengthening how the program functions. http://thekac.com/content/sprouts-playgroups
Boys & Girls Club of Kenosha is known for all of their opportunities for students to be involved athletically. But they also offer a variety of educational and leadership support too. Power Hour is a program offered to club members at the Boys & Girls Club from 4-5pm every day. For students ages 6-12, they’re able to receive academic support with doing homework, tutoring, and activities that encourage them to be more self-directed leaders and learners. The cost for a child to be a member of the Boys & Girls Club currently sits at $20/year per child or $30/year for families with 2+ children. https://www.bgckenosha.org/program-areas/youth-programs/
Lumina Foundation is a nonprofit group working to increase postsecondary access and completion for children in their school careers. Their goals range from supporting children in college math and english remediation, to increasing academic support. They also focus on making the transition from one institution to another easier so students from low-income families can have similar opportunities in their education. In 2017, they named Southeastern Wisconsin a Talent Hub and awarded Gateway Tech and UW-Parkside support and funding to help students complete their college education.
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