Bridging the Achievement Gap for All Disadvantaged Children
Boca Raton, FL–Macy’s recently announced that Florence Fuller Child Development Centers would be the recipient of the 2015 Bridging the Achievement Gap for All Disadvantaged Children grant. The Centers plan to use the funds to support initiatives that focus on creating a foundation for academic and social skills needed to succeed in Kindergarten. Using a holistic approach, the curriculum focuses on encompassing educational activities, creative arts, and an introduction to technology. Socialization and physical assessments are also used to determine needs that would impede learning to prepare young children to meet crucial development and school-oriented milestones.
CEO of Florence Fuller Child Development Centers Ellyn Okrent stated, “We are most grateful to Macy’s for recognizing our community’s need for support. This grant will help our Centers to not only strengthen our programs but to be able to continue to invest in early childhood education.”
Surprising to most is that only about half (48%) of poor five-year-olds who enter Kindergarten will be “school ready” in terms of having early math and reading skills, good physical health, and age- appropriate skills; compared to 75% of children entering Kindergarten from families with moderate to low incomes. FFCDC identifies and addresses these certain learning blocks so that the Centers’ children will enter school on par with their peers. FFCDC tracks student progress through an array of methods including monthly written observation reports, assessments of cognitive, social, emotional and physical development challenges, and plans to provide development outlines on how to improve learning areas not yet mastered.
Established in 1971, Florence Fuller Child Development Centers’ (FFCDC) mission is making a difference through education for economically challenged children and families to build a positive future in our community. FFCDC provides quality childcare, early education, preschool and pre-Kindergarten programs, after-school care, summer camps, health and wellness services and family support programs. We prepare children for a lifetime commitment to learning and social achievement while empowering their families with resources to be healthy, stable and successful. For more information, visit www.ffcdc.org.