Ready for K Grant

State Grant Supports Kindergarten Transition Work
Posted on 11/06/2020

The regional Ready 4 Kindergarten (R4K) early learning coalition is utilizing a new state grant to offer a variety of workshops and resources to families in three counties to support children’s transition into school.

R4K is team of early learning experts from the region working to support children in making a successful transition into school by working closely with families before they reach kindergarten. Members include MOBOCES, the United Way of the Mohawk Valley, the Rome and Dolgeville school districts, Child Care Council of Cornell Cooperative Extension of Oneida County, SUNY Polytechnic Institute and the NYSB5 initiative.

The $9,000 grant, awarded by the NYS Council on Children and Families, aims to support social-emotional skills in early learners. R4K has planned community workshops and family outreach events to share information and resources on social emotional skills development, managing challenging behaviors, learning routines, successful transition strategies, personal hygiene practices, and community agencies available to provide assistance.

“That initial transition period is so important because it can set up children and families for success throughout their school career,” Early Childhood Director Colleen Wuest said.

Wuest represents MOBOCES in the coalition and will help deliver some of the community presentations, including pieces on the Pyramid Model, a statewide social emotional framework targeting caregivers and providers of children birth through age 5.

backpackTo help launch their grant-supported work, a team of R4K volunteers met at MOBOCES in November to stuff 300 backpacks with information, resources and goodies, including a child’s mask, a magnet, a timer, a book on kindness and parenting articles. The backpacks will be given to local elementary school principals for distribution to families in Madison, Oneida and Herkimer counties.