We started on the East Side in the Waite neighborhood
Aspire began working in the Waite neighborhood of Toledo to gather both quantitative and qualitative data to understand what is happening and why it is happening.
The elementary schools that feed into Waite High School include Birmingham, East Broadway, Garfield, Marshall, Navarre, Oakdale, and Raymer. The student scores from Fall 2015 were as follows:
45% of entering students came to Kindergarten without appropriate knowledge and skills to be successful in a Kindergarten program (Emerging Readiness).
- These students will require intensive intervention in order to be successful
- It is likely that these students will not master Kindergarten content in the same time frame as students who were approaching or demonstrating readiness
- These students are at risk for always being behind in their academic endeavors
37% of entering students came to Kindergarten with some knowledge and skills needed to be successful in the Kindergarten program (Approaching Readiness).
- These students will need moderate intervention in order to be successful in Kindergarten
- With consistent attendance and appropriate interventions, these students are likely to move through elementary school at a typical pace, but may experience additional struggles as they progress.
18% of entering students came to Kindergarten with appropriate knowledge and skills to be successful in the Kindergarten program (Demonstrating Readiness).
- With consistent attendance and high quality instruction, these students will likely move through elementary school at a typical pace.
Why were so many children unprepared?
To find out why children are arriving unprepared or underprepared for kindergarten, Aspire hosted a variety of Café Conversations with different stakeholder groups, including:
- Early Childhood Professionals
- Preschool Teachers
- Head Start Teachers/Administrators
- Early Head Start Teachers/Administrators
- Kindergarten Teachers/Administrators
- Parents of Preschool-Age Children
- Parent of Kindergarten- Age Children
- In-home child care providers
- Toledo-Lucas County Librarians
- Home Visitors
- Mental Health Professionals
Aspire’s Kindergarten Readiness Network felt these Café Conversations would be the best way to begin to identify the root cause of why children were or were not prepared for Kindergarten. Through this qualitative data gathering process, we discussed barriers, needs, gaps in programming and service, supports, success and future plans. To read more about our findings, click here.