Great by 8!
Targeting gaps in the early childhood and K–third grade education systems, RMSFF grantee, Way to Grow, builds a parent-centric model for school readiness and academic success.
Parents and family educators set out together to create trusting relationships, identify strengths and risks, and help their children read at or above grade level and meet or exceed grade level literacy benchmarks. The work doesn’t stop with academics. Parents work with Way to Grow staff to increase attendance at parent-teacher conferences and read to their children at least three times a week. They also work together to make sure their children attend school at least 95 percent of the time and receive an annual physical.
With the help of RMSFF funding, Way to Grow reports that last year’s programming showed strong results:
- 88 percent of Way to Grow students were ready for kindergarten (compared to 72 percent MPS overall);
- 70 percent of Way to Grow students read at or above grade level (compared to 64 percent MPS overall);
- 100 percent of Hmong children were ready for kindergarten; and
- 92 percent entering kindergarten were up-to-date on recommended immunizations.