Preparing Today’s Youth for Tomorrow
Beginning school is a huge milestone for all children, but every year, some boys and girls enter their kindergarten class without the skills needed to succeed. To help battle that deficit, United Way of Northern Arizona offers KinderCamp™, an innovative school readiness program. KinderCamp™ is designed to give children the academic, social and emotional skills they will need in the summer months before they begin their careers as Kindergarteners in the fall. It serves as a way of filling in the gap between students with access to preschools and those without. Most of all, the curriculum stressed the fun of learning to make these students eager for school. Begun in 2004, the program has grown dramatically, now helping hundreds of pre-Kindergarten students prepare across Northern Arizona. The program is in seven schools in five cities: Killip, Kinsey & Thomas elementary schools (Flagstaff); Williams Elementary School (Williams); Lake View Primary School (Page); Blue Ridge Elementary School (Lakeside); and Bonnie Brennan Elementary School (Winslow). This program would not be possible without support from partners, including Fidelity Charitable Fund, Arizona Community Foundation (P-12 Educational Services Fund); the office of Coconino County Supervisors Matt Ryan (District 3); and Arizona Public Service. In kind support, including facilities, food service, transportation and supplies are provided by the Flagstaff Unified School District; Williams Unified School District; Page Unified School District; Winslow Unified School District; and Blue Ridge Unified School District.