The ASRC participates with the Valley-wide Early Childhood Task Force (ECTF) of the Valley Council of Health and Human Services, a cooperative venture linking more than 50 non-profit health and human service providers throughout the Valley. The ECTF enables the Valley School Readiness Councils to build strong connections that focus on the transition to kindergarten for all Valley families.
The Ansonia Discovery collaborative, has created a community plan to guide our efforts. We now have three workgroups that are working on Literacy, Nutrition and Physical Activity, and Safety issues. These three areas of work will assist us in leading Ansonia to a place where all children in Ansonia, birth to age eight, are safe, healthy, and have the skills and behaviors to become lifelong learners.
The Ansonia School Readiness Council was formed in 1998 when Ansonia first received funding from the State of Connecticut for a school readiness program that served 20 children. Since that time, the school readiness program has grown to serve over 140 children at four sites in the city. As result, the council has grown as well.
Starting around the same time, Ansonia School Readiness was invited to apply for funding from the William Caspar Graustein Memorial fund to become a Discovery community. This initiative of the State Departments of Education and Social Services allocates funding, along with funding from the Graustein Memorial Fund, to the priority school district of Ansonia to increase communication and partnership among families with children ages birth to five, early care providers, elementary schools, and the community to ensure school readiness by addressing the following objectives:
-Expanding the School Readiness Council's capacity to provide leadership on early childhood issues in Ansonia
-Creating a network for child care providers in Ansonia in order to improve the quality of care
-Offering and promoting a range of programs for parents of young children
-Enhancing the linkages between early childhood teachers and kindergarten teachers in Ansonia
-Creating a greater awareness and buy-in among the community about the importance of school readiness
The ASRC and the Ansonia Discovery Coordinator are members of the Valley-wide Early Childhood Task Force (ECTF) of the Valley Council of Health and Human Services, a cooperative venture linking more than 50 non-profit health and human service providers throughout the Valley. This ECTF subcommittee enables the Valley School Readiness Councils of Ansonia, Derby, Seymour, and Shelton to build strong connections Valley-wide that focus on the transition to kindergarten for Valley families. The following documents were created for distribution throughout Ansonia.
The Ansonia Discovery collaborative, a subcommittee of the Ansonia School Readiness Council, has created a community plan to guide our efforts. There are currently three separate workgroups that are working on Literacy, Nutrition and Physical Activity, and Safety issues. These three areas of work will assist us in leading Ansonia to a place where all children in Ansonia, birth to age eight, are safe, healthy, and have the skills and behaviors to become lifelong learners.
Our community council is seeking donations to establish an endowment fund that will allow us to award scholarship funds for these families. We are asking that you consider donating to this fund during the Great Give. Your support will help us create a scholarship to allow more children the opportunity to attend that high quality early learning program while giving parents the freedom to earn a living wage. And, because it is an endowment program, your donation will benefit children and parents in need year after year.
A high quality early care experience offers a great head start for a child to learn the skills they need to be successful lifelong learners. Your support and generosity will make a difference in the lives of young children for generations to come.
The Ansonia School Readiness Council oversees the Ansonia School Readiness Program. This program provides 145 children residing in Ansonia with a quality, accredited preschool experience before entrance into kindergarten. There are 108 full day/full year and 37 part day/part year slots that give Ansonia’s three to five year olds the opportunities and experiences that support their physical, social, emotional, language, literacy, and cognitive development. In addition to providing hands-on learning in the preschool class, children and their families receive many additional services such as workshops on a variety of topics including proper nutrition, the importance of medical and dental care for children and family involvement in preparing children as they transition from preschool to kindergarten.
Together with a Coordinator, the Ansonia School Readiness Council is comprised of school system personnel and representatives from the city and area agencies. Some of the collaborating organizations include: Ansonia Board of Education, Ansonia Nature and Recreation Center, Ansonia Public Schools, Children’s Medical Associates, City of Ansonia, Valley Family Resource Center, Julia Day Nursery, Inc., Parent Child Resource Center, TEAM Early Education, Valley Regional Adult Education, Visiting Nurse Association of South Central CT, Inc., Valley YMCA and the William Caspar Graustein Memorial Fund.
The Ansonia School Readiness Council has the responsibility of making recommendations on issues relating to school readiness including application for the school readiness grant. It also oversees the William Caspar Graustein Memorial Fund Discovery Initiative and the Ansonia Community Plan. The Council addresses the diverse needs of the children and families in Ansonia and is committed to the success of every child. The Council and the community play a critical role in helping Ansonia’s children enter school ready to learn, to develop and to experience success throughout their lives.
Michele Holovach & Reina Marasco – Co-Chairs Ansonia School Readiness Council
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