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Removing librarians from schools rankles some researchers who say well-staffed libraries are vital to student success, especially for lower-income and minority students, but Sarasota County has eschewed them the link between test scores and school library staffing is a challenge to track.
Children who are not reading proficiently by the end of third grade are 14 times more likely than middle-class children to drop out before high school graduation. But local organizations and nonprofits aren't letting up in their mission to get all early readers on track for greatness.
Education researchers often point to third-grade reading proficiency as the greatest determinant of academic outcomes. Hundreds of community and education leaders from Manatee and Sarasota gathered to celebrate the impact they've made on grade-level reading scores locally and to look to future challenges.
A neuropsychiatrist shares insights on the mind and body connection and says combating the stress, trauma or negative experiences stored in a brain can directly improve physical health. Focused attention, and the intention to be kind can alter health outcomes for both adults and children.
Speakers at the 2017 Hunger Summit revealed food scarcity in early life can have life long consequences by shrinking the brain. Childhood hunger also causes “toxic stress,” which animal testing has shown can lead to the loss of brain’s connections made during the first few years of life.
It doesn't take an expert to optimize early childhood development. It starts at home with parents and the new texting tool, “Every Day Hero,” will provide them with weekly tips on ways to interact with their children and stimulate brain growth.
A list of Hurricane Irma resources in Sarasota and Manatee counties.
Local organizations team as part of a national campaign to close the achievement gap among underserved kids by providing the tools they need
More children are beginning school without basic skills such as recognizing letters and numbers, which can put them behind during kindergarten. Children First, a Sarasota nonprofit committed to early childhood care and education, is expanding their summer services to change that.
Most children from low-income homes are unable to read proficiently by the end of third grade–a benchmark for future learning, but the generous help of The Patterson Foundation is funding the Campaign for Grade-Level Reading's goal to cut that number in half in a dozen or more states by 2020.
By fifth grade, due largely to a two-month summer absence from school, youngsters have typically fallen behind their peers by anywhere from 2.5 to 3 years. In response, the Sarasota County school district sponsors Summer Learning Academies and encourages other literacy programs that help bridge the gap.
Sarasota and Manatee counties gear up for the new school year after taking stock in partnerships and programs that help reach the goal to have every student in the district reading on grade level. The district looks forward to another great year in which closing the achievement gap remains a focus.
Although Sarasota County retained its Florida Department of Education A-rating for the 14th, one of three students in the district still can’t read at grade-appropriate proficiency levels. Schools can't do it alone, and unique partnerships are helping fill in the gaps to keep kids on course.
Summer Learning Academies at Sarasota County Title 1 schools are helping close the achievement gap often punctuated by summer. Summer breaks from structured, educational instruction at school has a disparate effect on low-income students, whose parents can't afford quality summer childcare.
Reading teacher Brenda Zofrea is the creator of child safety program that doesn’t take the oft-repeated “don’t take candy from strangers” approach.
Florida children are falling behind in economic well-being, but enjoyed gains in health, maintaining the state’s rank of 40th out of the 50 states in the latest Kids Count annual report from the Annie E. Casey Foundation.
What we learned from the successes of others in the fight for grade-level reading.
Title I elementary schools will distribute a literacy bag to each family that registers an incoming kindergarten student this summer. The contents, a collection of fun and easy ways to get kids excited about reading, will help kids succeed their first year of school. Check out the video to learn more.
Our community was recently awarded the coveted All-America City Award for helping low-income children improve their life by focusing on getting them on the road to longterm success through early reading.
This year, the National Civic League designation focused on communities engaged in the Campaign for Grade-Level Reading.
Top five reasons dads matter and more in celebration of Father's Day.
Talking is Teaching, a summer pilot program, hopes to help parents recognize their power to boost their child’s early brain and vocabulary development through simple, everyday actions. Vocabulary development during early schooling is linked to later reading skills and general success in school.
A top 5 list of creative ways to get kids reading at grade level.
Since the partnership between Tuttle Elementary School and All Faiths Food Bank began, Principal Tomas Dinverno has seen a significant increase in student attendance — so much that it boasts one of the highest daily attendance averages in the district this year.
Many young kids often fall back as much as two months in learning during the summer months. One area business is helping kids stay on track and avoid the summer slide. Sign up to volunteer.
Each year, elementary school students get their eyesight checked during state-mandated vision screenings in Florida. But a report released by the Florida Department of Health reveals that a large number of those who were found to have vision problems in Sarasota and Manatee counties do not get help.
Dr. Ronald B. Mincy shares his expertise on the importance of fathers in the early development of their kids, and a social landscape that sometimes fails to recognize their crucial role.
There are few recent studies on the prevalence of diabetes in kids, but according to the National Institutes of Health, as obesity rates in children continue to soar, type 2 diabetes, a disease that used to be seen primarily in adults age 45 and older, is becoming more prevalent among children.
Better dads mean better outcomes for their kids. Engaged fathers increase their children's likelihood of graduating from college, scoring well in school and cognitive development overall. The Nurturing Dads program offered in Sarasota and Northport, helps dads become a pillar in their child's lifelong success.