Education Goals

Education Goals

Children and youth are prepared for school, achieve academic success, and are ready for productive futures.

Strategies to include:

  1. Increase parent and/or caregiver involvement
  2. Expand resources to the community for individuals at all stages of academic development to enhance life skills

SITUATION

Area surveys and focus groups are consistent in one thing: Education is the top priority. Discussions revolve around childcare, tutoring, and quality after-school programming.

Consider the following statistics:

  • 19.4% of Kansas state-wide 3rd grade students did not meet proficiency
  • 10.3% of adult Kansans have less than a high school education

EDUCATION -- DESIRED OUTCOMES

  1. All area children are prepared to enter kindergarten
  2. All students meet minimum reading standards in 3rd grade
  3. Bring struggling students to grade level to increase likelihood of graduation
  4. Prepare our current work force for new jobs

Community Impact of Outcomes

  • Reduced Number of High School Dropouts
  • Workforce Skill Sets Match Demand

EDUCATION STRATEGIES 

EARLY CHILDHOOD

  1. All children are prepared to enter kindergarten.
  • High quality childcare
  • Early literacy programs, and focus on reading up to 3rd grade
  • Focus on parent involvement

IN SCHOOL/AFTER SCHOOL 

  1. All students meet reading standards in 3rd grade.
  2. Bring struggling students to grade level to increase likelihood of graduation
  • Develop and fund an in-school volunteer tutoring programs
  • Mentoring
  • Early intervention programs – focus on grades 9-12 to reduce dropout rates

ADULT EDUCATION 

  1. Prepare our current work force for new jobs.
  • Develop volunteer strategies for adult literacy tutoring
  • Gather all partners currently or potentially engaged in GED efforts for synergy  (Adult Education, Businesses, Boards of Education, Faith-based Organizations, WIA, Chambers of Commerce, Civic Groups.)

 Sources:  Kansas Department of Education, United States Census Bureau