Jumpstart helps lay foundation for school success

 

 

Many parents may think high school is the most important time in a child’s school years, but a child’s first encounter with kindergarten truly lays the foundation for future success in school.

Thanks to a program called Jumpstart, children in Randleman will be better prepared to enter Kindergarten in the Fall ready to succeed.

Jumpstart is a program that targets children who did not have a pre-kindergarten experience during this past school year. The program is designed to introduce children to critical skills necessary to enter kindergarten, such as how to transition from one activity to another, recognizing the limits of personal space, listening to and following directions, understanding when to be quiet, and coloring and using scissors correctly. Jumpstart activities center on building cognitive skills (number and color recognition), social skills (listening to and following directions), language skills (name recognition) and motor skills (coloring and using scissors correctly), that will help them be better prepared for the kindergarten experience.

In collaboration with Randleman Elementary School, the Randolph County Partnership for Children’s local Success By 6® advisory committee delivered the program for rising kindergarteners from July 14-31. Under the guidance of teachers, Rachel Beck and Karen McCain—along with teacher assistant, Jan Routh—nearly two dozen children benefited from the Jumpstart program this year. Volunteers from PNC Bank’s ‘Grow Up Great’ Initiative, The Timken Company and Commonwealth Hosiery Mills, assisted in the classroom.

Through Jumpstart, these young children are getting the resources they need to form not only the academic skills they need but also the social emotional skills that are equally important in determining success in school in work and in life.

“Parents notice a big change in their children, and they don’t expect it after only three weeks,” said Beck. “Kids go home and tell their parents what they do at Jumpstart each day, so it really forms a solid skill base for parents to build on at home.”

Recognizing the importance of retention and the value of involving parents in their child’s development, the Partnership is supplying “readiness kits” for families. The kits are designed for parents to continue working with their child at home on the skills learned in the Jumpstart program.

Grants, private contributions and revenue from the “The Great NASQUACK Duck Race,” held in conjunction with NASCAR Day every October, helps fund the program.

The Randolph County Partnership for Children, a non-profit organization and our community’s lead organization for young children and their families. The Partnership for Children is a United Way agency. For more information, visit: www.randolphkids.org.

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