This section of the blog is called Connect The Dots for a reason. There are many many efforts under way for the benefit of our children and the entire Springfield community, and what we are seeing increasingly, is the willingness to work collaboratively to have a greater impact. And change reading proficiency outcomes for our children. What you will read about in the coming months are the collaborative efforts in the community which are coming together and really connecting. How they are connecting. How they are growing in numbers, and hopefully, in impact.
A Child’s Story with a Happy Ending
January 6, 2016
When Ms. Perez learned her five year old son had a vision problem she was shocked. He has been enrolled for three years in an early childhood center where she works as a preschool teacher. No one in the center suspected that the outgoing, charismatic Jos. couldn't see properly until the Lions District 33Y screened him with the innovative...
Music in Our Schools Making a Difference
July 27, 2015
The state of Massachusetts acknowledges the importance of music education, and in 2014 became the first state to publicly support ensemble music making as a vehicle for youth development and social change.
Parks and Recreation’s 21st Century Community Learning Center at Pottenger School
February 28, 2015
The Parks and Recreation’s 21st Century Community Learning Center at Pottenger School is an after-school program geared to support English Language Arts learning gaps through project based learning activities.
No need to sit in front of the TV… lots of summer learning activities for children!
July 15, 2014
It’s summer and parents are always looking for fun activities to do with their children. Here’s a great website to visit EVERY DAY for a new activity, reading or parenting tip.
Ralph Smith in Springfield to Give National Campaign Update
May 30, 2014
Ralph Smith, Managing Director for Campaign for Grade Level Reading, was in Springfield recently to update funders on progress on national effort to ensure that children read proficiently by the end of third grade.
Mayor Recognizes Volunteers in #Mayors4service Day
April 1, 2014
Across the country 1800 Mayors are recognizing the value of volunteer service to their communities. Today, Springfield Mayor Sarno recognized the Springfield College AmeriCorps program for its replication the Minnesota Reading Corps model in PreK classrooms in Springfield Public Schools, Head Start and Square One.
What is the #1 Predictor of School Success?
December 31, 2013
A child's vocabulary upon entering school is the prime predictor of school success or failure.
We’re Still Waiting
December 4, 2013
Momentum continues to build for universal preschool education but we know that we have advocated for it for a long time...and we are still waiting.
Walking School Bus! A Fun Way to Get to School!
November 26, 2013
Children, parents and teachers walking to school together...sounds like a recipe for academic success!
Davis Foundation literacy initiative: ‘It needs to start at birth’
November 19, 2013
According to the United States Department of Education, "Children who have rich early learning experiences are better prepared to thrive in school. Yet fewer than a third of the nation's 4-year-olds are enrolled in high-quality preschool.
Breaking the Cycle of Disadvantage for Public Housing Residents
November 15, 2013
This Plan is consistent with the experience of New York City’s Harlem Children’s Zone, which has famously demonstrated that a place-based approach is the most effective way to help poor people improve their circumstances and future prospects.