Promise Neighborhoods, Allentown School District, and Crayola partner to get kids ready for Kindergarten

Kindergarten Readiness ToolkitIt’s time for families in Allentown Promise Neighborhood to sign their children up for Kindergarten at Cleveland, Central, or McKinley Elementary School.  This year, hundreds of Promise Neighborhood parents walked away from  Allentown School District’s annual Kindergarten sign-up ritual with a backpack full of learning materials from Crayola, and a guide that provides month-by-month summer activities that will help them get their child ready for school in the fall.

The Kindergarten Readiness Team at Allentown School District provided Promise Neighborhoods with a list of household items every parent can use to support their child’s learning during the summer months.

Crayola provided crayons, sidewalk chalk, Play Dough, and other learning aids along with 250 of its Art Buddy Backpacks to hold the materials.  Promise Neighborhoods hosted assembly teams made up of Allentown School District outreach staff and parent liaisons, as well as volunteers from Community Services for Children to put each Toolkit together and will ensure the “Kindergarten Readiness Toolkits” are in the homes of every incoming Kindergartner living in Allentown Promise Neighborhood.

Allentown Promise Neighborhood’s Early Learning Network works tirelessly to raise awareness of the importance of high quality early education and Kindergarten Readiness within the neighborhood.  Their efforts, like the Kindergarten Readiness Toolkit distribution, have caused people to take notice and ask how they can help young people in their neighborhoods.  Other Allentown elementary schools, including Washington and Dodd, are exploring how they can replicate the Kindergarten Readiness Toolkit distribution for children coming to their schools next fall.

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