Metro United Way Kicks Off Kindergarten Countdown

by scrosby on June 9, 2010

by Andy Freudenberg

Louisville’s annual Kindergarten Countdown kicked off this morning at the Children’s Department at the main branch of the Louisville Free Public Library.

The program is sponsored by Metro United Way. Mayor Jerry Abramson told a group of children at the kickoff that the program is a chance for some preschool-age children to prepare for the leap into school.

“We’ve got a lot of your friends and buddies around this community who haven’t had a chance to go to any preschool yet,” said Abramson, “and we want to get them ready to go to kindergarten along with those who have been involved in preschool to be able to be a part of the kindergarten experience.”

The long-term goal of the program is to help all Louisville children – even those who haven’t attended pre-school – prepare for kindergarten.

Children in the program and their families will be able to attend free events at Louisville Slugger Field, the Louisville Zoo, the Kentucky Derby Museum, and the Louisville Science Center, among others.

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GFunk June 9, 2010 at 3:09 pm

That teacher is pretty hot!

Mary Ann Steutermann June 9, 2010 at 5:50 pm

Actually, “that teacher” referred to in the previous reply is a colleague of mine who is a talented professional in the field of community support for early childhood education. She has been instrumental in Metro United Way’s work to support kindergarten readiness through the Success By 6 program. Thanks to her and dedicated others like her, our community is making progress in assessing children’s developmental readiness through the use of Ages and Stages Questionnaires which helps to connect families of children experiencing developmental challenges with essential services and assistparents in knowing how to ensure that their children have the knowledge and skills necessary for success in kindergarten, which is a powerful predictor of future literacy rates, academic success leading to high school graduation, post-secondary educational opportunities, and earnings potential later in life. Yes, she’s attractive, but she’s a whole lot more than that. This picture is more than just a moment in time with a photogenic adult woman and several cute little kids. It’s a snapshot of the kind of activities and programs that are crucial and in need of support in order to lower Metro Louisville’s drop-out rate, increase the number of college degree-holders, and maximize the potential for future economic development in our community.

Erin McMahon June 16, 2010 at 8:47 am

Just as an FYI, you can get complete details about Kindergarten Countdown events and how to participate on Metro United Way’s website: http://www.metrounitedway.org/index.cfm?fuseaction=events.event&eventCalendarID=D4E7FD1F-E1DF-B246-726C0BB230DC2705&eventDate=06%2F16%2F2010 .

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