80% of the children who started at Atkins Elementary in the Fall of 2018 were not kindergarten ready
The vast majority of the children are far behind when they enter our local elementary school, and many never catch up. We must empower and support the caregivers, so they can provide the best possible early childhood development to their children.
We are addressing this critical need in two ways.
Once a week, we invite the caregivers of young children to come to our community center to learn techniques to help their children develop language skills. After spending some time seeing techniques modeled, the caregivers meet together in a supportive environment to learn more about raising healthy, happy children and to learn self-care. The children stay with caring adults who sing, read and talk to them. We end the morning with a nutritious lunch!
Rotary Learning Bus & Reading Fairs
Thanks to a generous grant from the Rotary Club of Shreveport Foundation, we go out into the neighborhood and find the moms and children where they are using the Rotary Learning Bus. We set up a fair with fun simple hands-on activities that will equip caregivers to help further their child’s development. The roving “hub” includes our partners- the Shreve Memorial Library Bookmobile, Step Forward and the MLK Clinic - and we will go straight to the neighborhood — Section 8 apartment buildings, and churches. We recognize that it’s hard to admit you don’t have the right tools to help your children learn, so there will be incentives, such as diapers, formula, and books for caregivers to take home.
We need volunteers and financial contributions for this program to be successful. Please consider supporting our efforts to address a vital need and give our children a chance for a brighter future.