Early Childhood services are critical to the success of young people. NOKP’s Early Childhood Working Group has identified 3 essential components of Early Childhood development that are essential for all children to achieve success in school and life. The 3 components are literacy, proactive involvement of parents in their child’s early development and the establishment of strong network of coordinated early childhood services.
Reading and literacy are essential and basic building blocks for school success. NOKP’s Early Childhood Working Group is leading the development and implementation of a multi-year citywide campaign to increase the number of New Orleans school children who read at grade level by the 3rd grade. As part of the campaign The Read and Be Heard Early Literacy Collaborative (formerly known as GRoW Great Reading Where Y’At) was established and provides literacy programming to families in New Orleans that employs a set of fun, engaging, and proven strategies for advancing literacy.
Parents are essential partners in ensuring that their children succeed academically, socially, and developmentally. To supplement the Literacy Collaborative the Working Group designs and implements a series of coordinated awareness activities and distributes materials to ensure that parents understand this critical role and are given concrete tools and activities to use with their children. The Working Group also ensures that parents understand the range of factors that define school-readiness and are made aware of the range of community-based early childhood services offered to them.
Finally, NOKP’s Early Childhood Working Group has established among its members a “Community of Practice” in which both veteran and less experienced local practitioners are reviewing the research and best practice documentation with the goal of building their own knowledge, understanding, and skills related to this work to drive significant improvements in the quality and effectiveness of early childhood services throughout New Orleans.
Families attending the Read and Be Heard Early Literacy Collaborative during the Fall 2015 series of programming.
OutcomeChildren in a cohort of 25 families increase reading skills to appropriate grade level based on school pre- and post-program reading test results.
Read and Be Heard Literacy Collaborative Fall 2015 session of programming runs Aug 27th to Dec 16th 2015.
Awarded a grant from Target for program expansion in 2015-2016 school year.
Organizations on this project
Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities (LEH) – PRIME TIME, Louisiana Children’s Museum, New Orleans Public Library, Urban League of Greater New Orleans, Start the Adventure in Reading (STAIR)