Early Steps to School Success provides education services to children from birth to age 5, support to parents and other caregivers, and ongoing training to community educators. The program is designed to assist children with language, social and emotional development; to equip parents with the skills and knowledge to successfully support their child’s growth; and to develop strong home-school connections.
The program goals are:
- Children will enter school with the skills necessary for school success,
- Parents will have the knowledge and skills to support their children’s education,
- Home/school connections will be strong
- Early childhood knowledge and skills in communities will be significantly increased
Program Model Components
While program implementation is tailored to meet the particular needs of each community, all sites are equipped to provide the following services:
- Regularly scheduled parent/child support and education groups in schools and community settings are led by trained early childhood staff.
- Social/emotional development, language development and pre-literacy education activities for children and parents are provided through bi- weekly home visits by trained early childhood staff. The early childhood home visits help build a strong foundation of learning for children.
- The schools and community agencies initiate “transition to school” activities that connect parents and children to the preschool or kindergarten they will attend.
- Children and parents participate in the “Early Steps Book Exchange” literacy program and books are available for children from birth to five years of age.
Early Steps to School Success provides early childhood education services to pregnant women and children birth to five years of age, education services to their parents, and ongoing staff training to the community early childhood educators.