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EDUCATION

ForKids’s education team worked with almost 500 children last year.

At ForKids, we believe that children’s education is one of the most critical services we can provide in our work towards our mission. Research shows that homeless children are more likely to exhibit educational deficits than other children. ForKids has built our program to address each student’s individual academic needs, providing customized instruction and the necessary tools for them to prepare for or catch up in school, promote to the next grade, and/or graduate from high school. 93% of the students in our programs at least 90 days and at the end of the school year were promoted to the next grade.

KICKSTART KINDERGARTEN READINESS

During the month of July, ForKids’s rising kindergartners are eligible to participate in our four-week kindergarten readiness program. Students are evaluated to determine which academic areas need improvement, and they meet four days a week to practice writing, fine motor skills, math, and reading comprehension – the skills needed to start kindergarten prepared and in better alignment with their peers.
20 children participated in Kickstart in July 2016.

FORKIDS IN SCHOOL

As part of a privately-funded 3-year pilot project, ForKids-in-Schools operates on-site at James Monroe and Little Creek elementary schools to provide comprehensive services for McKinney-Vento identified children who would typically not otherwise be eligible for HUD-funded services. Remediation tutoring is offered to students who need it, led by a full-time credentialed educator, and core services such as attendance tracking, connections to community resources, and providing supplies, clothing, and nutrition are coordinated through a full-time family case manager.
Last year, 89 students participated in ForKids’s Education Pilot project within two local public schools.

BEYOND THE BELL - TUTORING

When school-aged children enter one of our housing programs with their family, the ForKids education team evaluates their academic standing. If they fall below their peers in reading and/or math, we offer targeted remediation through our after-school tutoring programs located in six neighborhood-based education sites (four of which are based in Norfolk). Our educators create a customized plan to focus on each child’s individual needs. Two days a week students are transported to ForKids’s sites where they work one-on-one with trained staff and volunteers to improve skill levels. Students who do not need tutoring receive baseline services including clothing, enrollment assistance, and immunizations, and academic monitored to ensure their continued progress. The team also tracks attendance and behavior, connecting families to community resources as needed. 395 children received assistance from the ForKids Education team last year; 118 students received intensive, customized tutoring from our trained staff and volunteers through Beyond the Bell.

JUMPSTART - SUMMER PREP

During the month of August, ForKids’s educators work with school-aged children to help prepare them for the upcoming school year. The main focus of this exercise is to support and promote 21st Century skills using technology: planning, critical thinking, reasoning, creativity, and strong communication. Academic deficits are identified and addressed with individualized plans that promote and provide engaging educational opportunities. Fun activities and field trips are planned each Friday for those students who participate regularly. This much-needed intervention is provided to help overcome the “summer learning loss” that is experienced by many students and to create an experience that motivates children to learn.
32 children participated in Jumpstart in August 2016.

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