Give voice to Early Childhood education efforts
Lynn Kasma A community forum will be held May 2, 5:30-8 p.m., in the commons at the New York Mills School to discuss the results of a recent survey taken on Early Childhood programs and needs. On hand will be a representative from West Central In...
A community forum will be held May 2, 5:30-8 p.m., in the commons at the New York Mills School to discuss the results of a recent survey taken on Early Childhood programs and needs. On hand will be a representative from West Central Initiative, to discuss the generous grant they are providing our area, and a professional facilitator to help surmise what direction future planning should take. Free dinner and childcare will be available.
This community forum is an important second step, in the process set forth in the grant guidelines, for receiving $35,000 over three years. During the community forum current Early Childhood program providers will be on hand to answer important questions and give their thoughts on what could be done to improve services. Following their input the audience will break into smaller groups and table leaders will list the concerns and wishes of the community members in attendance. By participating, your voice will be heard and important topics addressed. This is a process that cannot succeed without the honest opinions of the people involved.
Early Childhood programs are critical to ensure the success of our kids. It is estimated that for every dollar spent now on Early Childhood needs we save from $7 to $16 in future costs generated by at risk youth. Lets dare to imagine a New York Mills where every child receives the same opportunities to succeed regardless of income level and grows to become a successful contributing member of society. A truly effective program would reduce crime, teen pregnancy and poverty. In addition, since the state uses third grade test scores to help predict how many prison cells will be needed in 10 years, we could effectively say none from us.
The Mills IMPACT Team, a family initiative group supporting the needs of the children and families within I.S.D. # 553, will be the recipient of the West Central Initiative grant. Once needs are identified action plans will be put into place and new programs created or existing programs expanded. If you would like to become a member of the Mills IMPACT Team and the Early Childhood efforts please contact Lynn Kasma at 385-4060.