Effort unveiled to help, 4 in 10 not ready for kindergarten

LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) – Getting more kindergartners ready for their first day of school was the focus of Monday night’s school board annual joint meeting.

United Way and Community Commitment to Education leaders announced a new program called bornlearning that should begin this fall.

The initiative will begin a public awareness campaign to help parents know how to teach their young children. Plus, 150 families will get more hands-on training in bornlearning Academies taught by teachers.

Community Commitment to Education Volunteer Leader Gary Henriott said more than 40 percent of five-year-old children enter their first day of kindergarten unprepared, either academically, socially or both.

“I’m excited by the idea that if you can increase kindergarten readiness, then you’ll have to do less remediation and we’ll be able to elevate everyone’s game,” said Henriott. “We believe that all parents want to do the very best they can for their children. They really want to do that. The issue is knowing what to do and how to do that.”

Each of Tippecanoe County’s three school corporations is expected to vote to allow bornlearning use of its schools at their meetings in the next month or two.

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