Early childhood education program for parents focuses on readiness for kindergarten

Release Date: 
9/18/2013

The Children’s Reading Foundation of Pendleton (CRFP) is seeking parents with children 0 – 5 to participate in a free parent education class which will provide them with age appropriate skills and resources to help prepare their child for kindergarten.   “READY! for Kindergarten” will be offered three times this school year, with the first class being offered October 8, 2013. 

This parent education class is designed to help parents teach their children ages 0-5 school readiness skills.  Parents are encouraged to attend all three classes for their child’s age group.  Seating is limited to 8 families per age group.  Classes are held on the 2nd floor of Pendleton High School.  Other class dates this school year are January 16 and March 13, 2014.  Free dinner and childcare will be provided the night of the class.  Registration for each class is required to participate in “READY! for Kindergarten.”  For a registration form please email tcrfofPendleton@gmail.com. Registration closes one week prior to the class date. 

“READY! for Kindergarten” is a research proven and internationally respected program, based out of Kennewick, WA, that is designed to prepare children for success in school.  The program promotes healthy social, emotional, and cognitive development of children from birth to age five. It is designed so that young children learn by gentle repetition through short, frequent, and pleasant environments.   “READY! for Kindergarten” focuses on three interconnected areas of development: Language and Literacy, Math and Reasoning, and Social and Emotional.

Currently, about 50% of Pendleton’s kindergarten students come into the classroom behind benchmark standards according to Pendleton’s fall screening.  Studies have proven that children who start behind the curve in kindergarten stay behind the curve.  By giving parents the tools to help ready their children for kindergarten, children will develop the skills to begin their educational experience on a positive note. In addition, this program teaches parents the important of parent involvement in their child’s education.

Research studies have shown that 80% of children whose parents attended “READY! for Kindergarten” classes met the standard on entering kindergarten assessments compared to 55% of their peers who did not participate in the program.

The CRFP first began as the Eastern Oregon Reading Foundation as an affiliate to the Washington Children’s Reading Foundation in 2000.  Its primary mission is to ensure that every child in our service area reads at grade level upon completion of third grade with an emphasis on early childhood (pre-k). For some time the Eastern Oregon Reading Foundation was funded and run by the InterMountain ESD (formally Umatilla Morrow ESD).  But due to budget cuts, this program’s funding was eliminated in 2010.  Since then the CRFP has been a 100% volunteer run organization.  The organization’s name then changed in 2013 to the Children’s Reading Foundation of Pendleton.  The CRFP currently focuses on two projects a year: READY! for Kindergarten and Books for Babies.

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For more information on CRFP or READY! for Kindergarten please contact Jill Gregg at 503-381-1818.

Click here to read the READY! for Kindergarten brochure.