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S.M.A.R.T - Enhancing Learning Readiness

A Chance To Grow

We've heard a lot recently about the external influences on a child's readiness for school.  Organizations like NAZ stress the importance of all of a child's environment. Children's Hospitals gave a forum last Fall about the effects of toxic stress, and the U's Institute for Child Development has talked about the importance of executive function.

A Chance To Grow has developed a set of learning readiness activities called S.M.A.R.T. that they have tested over five years in partnership with 20 Head Start classrooms around the state. and have found that "when followed into Elementary School student performance remained on par with National Norms and middle class peers throughout Kindergarten, First and Second Grades, changing the trajectory of these children in poverty."

There will be a forum on March 31st at noon at Mount Zion Temple.