Congregations4Children in Swain County is a collaboration of Swain County churches with Swain County Schools. Recently we received a grant from the Duke Endowment to ensure that all children in Swain County are ready for kindergarten and reading proficient by third grade. As one of the first steps, we are asking parents to complete this literacy survey. It will take about 10 minutes and will help us discover what parents are currently doing to help their children learn to read. We appreciate your willingness to help give children a great start in school.
If you provide contact information, you will have the chance to win a $50 gift card for use at the spring book fairs. There will be winners at East, West, and Bright Adventures. Thank you very much!
If you have already submitted a survey at one of the schools, you do not need to do another one. All the surveys will be combined to select the winners.
Swain County Schools Pre-Kindergarten is a high quality program designed to provide early enrichment in a safe and nurturing environment. Students are selected for the Bright Adventures Program based on a preschool screen completed during registration. Participating children must be four years old by August 31st of the year they enroll or be three years old and identified as a child with special needs. The program operates during the regular school year with each pre-kindergarten classroom serving up to 18 students. Breakfast, lunch and snacks will be provided, and students may apply for free or reduced meal benefits. Children may be transported by parents, or arrangements may be made for bus transportation.
Bright Adventures will follow the Creative Curriculum. Child initiated learning promotes the growth of each child by focusing on:
- Environment- home, school and community comprise the key elements of a child’s world
- Activities- integrated exploratory activities maximize the growth of each child
- Assessment- formal and informal observations guide each child’s development
The Pre-Kindergarten program recognizes the importance of parent involvement by providing opportunities for parent support and education.
- Adventures- parents are encouraged to participate in the classroom
- Parents Meetings- families should plan to attend quarterly meetings
- Home Visits- teachers will schedule visits to the home to share information with families and establish stronger connections
- Parent and Child Time- families are expected to read with their children each night