Next General Meeting:
Thursday, May 9th, 4:00-5:15pm
Mary D. Lang Kindergarten Center (Library)
130 W. Mulberry St., Kennett Square, PA 19348
Who we are
In 2017, Kennett Consolidated School District teamed up with a diverse group of nonprofits including local pre-schools, parenting programs, and social service agencies to address an issue affecting all of them: a growing number of students entering kindergarten each year were deemed “not ready” for school based criteria set by the district. This included a significant number of children with no preschool experience, limited English language skills, or lack of exposure to social environments outside the home. Read more about our history here.
We know that a student’s educational and lifelong success depend largely on what happens before they ever begin formal schooling. We also know that this issue disproportionately affects the most vulnerable children in our community: those living in poverty, facing unstable housing situations, or whose families have limited knowledge of the U.S. educational system.
The Kindergarten Readiness Initiative is determined that every student get the same opportunity to start off their education with the right skills and readiness to succeed socially, emotionally, and academically. Our Core Purpose: to promote Kindergarten Readiness in a way that it becomes a community-wide investment, in a way that all children and families have the fundamentals for the educational process and literacy, so that caring and quality of life continues to grow in our town.
What we do
Our meetings are open to any interested community members and take place at the Mary D. Lang Kindergarten Center on a bi-monthly basis. Come out to hear updates, share ideas, and learn how you can get involved with a group working on one of our 3 priority areas:
To reach the most at-risk families in our community and equip parents with the tools and resources to support learning from birth, so their children may start school on time and ready to succeed academically, socially, and emotionally.
Contact Kate Uhler, group facilitator, to find out what they’re working on and how you can get involved.
Purpose: To promote the extension of pre-k and literacy services in the area and partner with organizations, which work on policy and funding advocacy.
Contact Joan Holliday, group facilitator, to find out what they’re working on and how you can get involved.
Check out this interactive map to find out how many children in your district are eligible for publicly funded Pre-K...and how many more classrooms we need to meet that need. Contact your local legislator today to let them know that you support a solid educational foundation for all children in our community, and ask them to support funding for additional Pre-K classrooms.
Tools for contacting your local legislator to support Pre-K funding:
Purpose: To collectively identify common measures that all day cares will be trying to reach in preparing their children for kindergarten readiness. Share approaches and learnings in meeting the common measures.
Contact Karen Ammon, group facilitator, to find out what they’re working on and how you can get involved.