Florida education funders and education leaders gathered at Quail Hollow Elementary School for a unique hands-on experience observing effective instruction consistent with the Florida Standards, interactions with principals and teachers and discussion on challenges and accomplishments. Funders also heard initial results and next steps of the College Access and Success Initiative, as well as insights into the upcoming legislative session.
Business, economic development and education leaders as well as elected officials from across the state were in Tampa this week for the Learners to Earners summit hosted by the Florida Chamber of Commerce. The two-day conference focused on early learning initiatives that could bolster the state’s “cradle to workforce” pipeline.
Introducing Thrive by Five Pinellas - A community impact initiative aimed at preparing Pinellas County children for kindergarten.
Before many of the early education students at Village Academy can understand what an architect or software developer actually does, they will be learning hands-on what the basics entail.
The opportunity to explore a physics playground or the marine sciences is thanks to a recent grant from PNC Bank to add a STEAM Lab.
The opening of the lab was part of a culmination of a two-year grant funded by the PNC Foundation’s Grow Up Great Initiative to enhance preschool education.
On Tuesday morning, the Manatee Community Foundation in Bradenton hosted a breakfast for community leaders to learn more about Soar in 4 and talk about how to make sure kids arrive at kindergarten ready to learn.
The group’s members will focus on advancing literacy but, as research and experience have shown, success will depend upon their ability to connect the community and its members to services that many residents of Manatee and our region take for granted: prenatal health for mothers and babies; day care for infants, and pre-kindergarten schooling for toddlers; safe neighborhoods; books for children and training in vocabulary-building; better elementary schools; adequate nutrition; affordable housing and more.
... from a partnership between the Suncoast Campaign for Grade-Level Reading and the Herald-Tribune, funded by The Patterson Foundation, to cover school readiness, attendance, summer learning, healthy readers and parent engagement.
The program's expansion this year is the result of a public-private partnership that also includes the school district and new donors. Funding also comes from federal Title I dollars, district money for non-Title I schools, the Gulf Coast Community Foundation and the Charles & Margery Barancik Foundation.
Community Foundation of Sarasota County President and CEO Roxie Jerde joined Vice Chair Nelle Miller and other board members and donors in reading to Gocio Elementary School second-graders. And they came bearing gifts.
Each student received a copy of “Flat Stanley’s Worldwide Adventures.” Students followed along in their books as readers recounted Flat Stanley’s harrowing adventures through the pyramids.
Early literacy is a key pillar in United Way Suncoast’s mission to break the cycle of generational poverty. We know that children who aren’t reading at grade level by 3rd grade are 4 times more likely to drop out of high school, so we seek every opportunity to prepare our youngest residents for future success.