In our Great Families 2020 Project, children are getting ready for Kindergarten. Early Education Parnters provide high quality child care while parents receive coaching in the areas of employment, finances, emotional wellness and connect with their neighbors.
With our partners at the Indy Learning Team, our successful Lead to Read Program is helping children achieve literacy success! Over the past two years, we have seen a 30% increase in the number of students reading at grade level. Currently 90% of our Kindergarten students are reading at grade level! We have such high expectations for them, and give each student the tools he or she needs to succeed. This program currently serves students from James Whitcomb Riley IPS School #43 located one block from our Center.
When James Whitcomb Riley IPS School #43 added seventh and eighth grade, we did too! Alumni of our Read to Lead program receive age-appropriate youth development programming including homework assistance, conflict resolution, positive self-image and cultural education.
Teens and Young Adults who have not finished high school can study for their High School Equivalence (HSE) exam at the MLK Center in partnership with Washington Township Schools. Young adults between the ages of 17 and 25 serve as Apprentices in our Best Buy Teen Tech Center.
Youth provide input to the programming and activities at the MLK Center. In partnership with the Public Policy Institute, we conducted more than a year of focus groups. Check out the results below.