Education is the foundation for individual and community success. It’s one of the building blocks we all need to be successful in life.
Research is clear – learning and brain development occur at the greatest rate between birth and three years of age. That’s why it is critical that we reach children early – starting with good pre-natal care and continuing through the pre-school years. We are working to ensure that all kids have the skills they need to be successful when they start school. If a child isn’t reading at grade level by 3rd grade, for example, they may never catch up. At the same time we are providing supports and resources to help youth navigate the challenges of adolescence and be prepared for college or the workforce.
We fund community programs at our partner agencies, develop projects that address gaps in services and have convened two coalitions to explore new ways to ensure that every child has a chance for success in school and in life.
Our Goals in Education:
- Improve kindergarten readiness
- Improve academic performance and career readiness
Ready to Read
Over the last 12 years, this project has distributed more than 100,000 new books to low-income children in our community. We work with agencies and schools to educate parents about the importance of reading to their children. Learn more.
Reading Buddy Program
In the Reading Buddy Program, volunteers are paired with kindergarten students at local Elementary Schools for a weekly reading program. Last year, 90% of students improved their reading comprehension in one semester. Learn more.
Early Years Coalition
The Early Years Coalition is working with local businesses, schools and organizations to make Marathon County the best place to raise kids. By focusing on children in their very early years, our community will reap long term benefits in lower social service costs, a better educated workforce and a stronger citizenry. Learn more.
Partnership for Youth
Adolescence is often a challenging and difficult time. By working together we are developing a collaborative system of services and funding that is youth-centered, family-focused, community-based and cost-effective to address the strengths and needs of troubled and at-risk youth and their families. Learn more.