STEP into Kindergarten receives $50,000 Grant
Education Foundation of Indian River County Receives $50,000 Grant to Support STEP (Summer Transition Enrichment Program)
The Education Foundation of Indian River County is pleased to announce that the LJ Foundation at United Charitable has awarded a gift of $50,000 to expand the STEP (Summer Transition Enrichment Program) into Kindergarten.
The grant will help increase the student enrollment of STEP into Kindergarten. The intention of the LJ Foundation is that this gift will allow the Foundation to increase the percentage of students served. Presently 30% of the entering Kindergarten Title I population is served by this summer bridge program. This gift will help to increase service to 50%.
STEP into Kindergarten is presented, in partnership, with the School District of Indian River County and community funders. The purpose of the program is to increase Kindergarten readiness rates for 4- and 5-year-old children by extending the school year with a comprehensive 6-week program. Children who have completed a Voluntary Pre-K program are eligible to participate in the 29 day program that runs from June through July. Priority is given to students identified as homeless, migrant and students residing in school zones with the highest poverty percentages.
This research and evidence based program began in 2014 as a pilot program funded by the John’s Island Community Service League. Since that time, the program has become a proven model for increasing the social and emotional skills of 4 and 5 year old children. Early reading, math and science enrichment are also cornerstones of the program. In addition, parent engagement is increased through various family activities.
The Education Foundation of Indian River County’s mission is to work with educators and community leaders connecting resources to ensure all students are motivated and engaged every day.