Early Literacy Education
A Core Value
The Greenwich Alliance has joined a collaborative effort spearheaded by the Greenwich United Way focused on promoting early childhood learning and closing the achievement gap. Early Childhood Achievement Gap Solutions (ECAGS) is a two-pronged program with data-driven solutions allowing at-risk children to enter kindergarten on a level playing field with their non-at-risk peers. The first prong of ECAGS focuses on at-risk children ages birth to three years old through a home visitation program called Parents As Teachers (PAT) and the second prong addresses children ages three to five years old by placing a preschool instructional coach in 13 preschool classrooms serving many low socio-economic children.
From 2008-2017, Going Places With Books, an Alliance signature program, fostered enthusiasm for books and language and promoted young children’s mastery of the early literacy skills they needed to succeed in kindergarten. Over 350 preschoolers, from seven targeted preschools, annually boarded our enchanted Storymobile to participate in interactive read aloud experiences which integrated multimedia and bilingual elements into a carefully – designed literacy curriculum. Unfortunately in April 2016, the Storymobile was demolished by a falling tree and was no longer usable classroom space. We continued to deliver the rich early literacy curriculum to students attending Head Start and Family Centers preschools located at Armstrong Court during the 2016-2017 school year.
Pictured above at the program launch: David Rabin, CEO United Way, Julie Faryniarz, Executive Director, Greenwich Alliance, Anne Sherrerd, Board Chair United Way.