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Community Partnership Fosters Student & Family Gains in Literacy

The Hope Zone Promise Neighborhood is an initiative, funded by the U.S. Government, and

led by Omega CDC. The initiative was created to support 6,700 children living in Northwest

Dayton, and Preschool Promise has the unique opportunity to work with Omega CDC in

fulfilling one of four domains in their work with the Hope Zone; education.

In supporting Omega CDC’s efforts to create better educational opportunities for children, we

are partnering with four Preschool Promise Provider sites in a new program called Ready to

Read which is a five-year program that has moved from planning into implementation. Our

Ready to Read sites include On Purpose Academy, Mini University at the Hope Center for

Families, Dayton Public Schools’ Fairview Elementary, and WestPark Academy. The Ready to

Read Program aims to assist partner classrooms in fulfilling Preschool Promise’s vision of all

Montgomery, County, Ohio children being ready for kindergarten.

Scientifically based research, referred to as the Science of Reading, says that phonemic

awareness is an essential component of learning how to read, explains Latoria Marcellus,

Senior Director of Education Strategies for Preschool Promise. “We are providing our partner

sites with targeted training which will help them teach children the building blocks of

literacy. Our goal is to strengthen literacy skills so that children are prepared for


Let’s get excited about reading

Hertia Mims, Family Connections Manager

Family Connection’s Manager Hertia Mims is looking forward

to the upcoming Family Kickoff events which will serve as the official launch of Family Book

Club. Here families will learn more about Kindergarten Readiness, and each child will receive

a backpack with books and literacy-focused games. Parents will also receive books to support

their reading.With built in incentives,the ultimate goal is for families to read 100 books by

June. “We will support families by providing books, children’s storytime at participating sites

and literacy workshops for parents,” says Mims. Families can find additional books by visiting

Dayton Metro Libraries or Preschool Promise Little Free Library locations located near Boonshoft Science Museum, the House of Bread and Stepping Stones Learning Center.

Classroom Coaching for Teachers

The Ready to Read project supports targeted provider classrooms by collaborating with

teachers and administrators through the implementation of intensive coaching, observations,

assessments, debriefing and monthly professional development. “This combined practice has

a strong focus on phonics that enables teachers to deliver explicit, systematic instruction for

reading and writing readiness skills for entering kindergarten,” explains Vaniti Byrd, Lead

Early Literacy Manager In addition, the Ready to Read program has implemented The

Heggerty Phonemic Awareness curriculum. Heggerty is a comprehensive approach to early

literacy instruction that aligns with the science of reading and provides students with

consistent and repeated instruction that is transferred to developing a student's decoding and encoding skills. This program will provide supplemental phonics instruction that will be used alongside The Creative Curriculum for Preschool.

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