Family Resource and Youth Services Centers are removing nonacademic barriers to learning as a means to enhance student academic success. We are vested and embedded in the school communities that we serve! Our focus and dedication is to assist students and families in bridging gaps in education through strengthening families and providing whole child learning. Below is just one example of our impact in the 2016 – 2017 school year.
Kindergarten Jump Start at Augusta Independent FRYSC in Augusta Independent Schools
In 2015, only 25% of incoming Kindergarten students in Augusta Independent Schools were ready for Kindergarten. The Comprehensive School Improvement Plan 2016-17 Kindergarten Readiness goal was to maintain 75% or better on all future Kindergarten Readiness scores and increase Academic/Cognitive, Physical Development, and Self-help Readiness by 10% by 2017-18 as measured by the Brigance Kindergarten Screener.
The administration team and the FRYSC coordinator attended training and collaborated with the pre-school teacher, Kindergarten teacher and special education department speech pathologist to analyze data from the Early Childhood Profile and Brigance Screener and develop goals.
Various interventions were implemented to impact Kindergarten Readiness including Kindergarten Jump Start Night. Twelve of 15 families participated, were introduced to the Brigance Screen, and learned activities to do at home to improve skills. Other interventions with the same goals were implemented by Preschool, Special Ed., and the Kindergarten teacher. Examination of the Brigance Screen Results from the 2016-17 school year indicated that 91.7% of participating students were Kindergarten ready.
The Academic/Cognitive indicator increased 64%, Physical Development increased 55.5%, and Self-Help increased 64.1% compared to the previous year of assessment.