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Summer 2017 Soar in 4

Overview: Reaching families who were more likely to be disconnected from services to support their pre-school child’s success in school was a major summer Soar in 4 goal.  This included low-income families, families of color, immigrant families and families speaking languages other than English.


2016-2017 Student attendance data:

Comparing Sea Breeze Elementary to a Similar Manatee County Title I VPK Classroom


2016-2017 VPK Assessment Data

Comparing Sea Breeze Elementary to a Similar Manatee County Title I VPK Classroom


Family Attendance

This summer, from the three participating neighborhoods, there were a total of 93 families enrolled in a pre-kindergarten classroom.  Soar in 4 teachers reached 100% of the families for bi-weekly telephone conversations.  76% of all families participated in an on-campus family event or received a home visit.


Compared To Last year

Impact

Parents commented on how comfortable they felt attending the summer Soar in 4 events.  Evidence of social cohesion in the Soar in 4 experience emerged in the following areas:

Engagement in Soar in 4 helped break social isolation.

Engagement in Soar in 4 provided cultural translation for families.

Collaborations among parents had practical benefits and extended beyond the Soar in 4 boundaries.

Personal relationships fostered family participation.

Parents report enhanced parenting skills, learned the importance of play and new ways to play with their children. Parents identified a range of ways in which they have changed as parents as a result of participating in Soar in 4 activities.  Some of the changes had to do with new understanding of child development leading to a different way of interacting with their children.  Other changes had to do with building their self-confidence to engage with their child in unfamiliar ways.

New understanding of child development.

New ways of interacting with their children.

Increasing self-confidence and willingness to move beyond comfort zones.

Increased awareness of resources available to families.

Many parents noticed positive changes in their children.


By The Numbers

100% of the Soar in 4 children and their families were smiling and prepared.

0% of Soar in 4 children and their families demonstrated tears or separation anxiety

93 families were eligible to participate

71 families attended 1 or more event on campus or received a home visit.

93 families received a bi-weekly telephone call.


Cost of the 2017 summer Soar in 4 program

$2303.97 for supplies and materials

$562.50 Sea Breeze Elementary Co-Coordinator

$562.50 Sea Breeze Elementary Co-Coordinator

$1772.80 Sea Breeze Elementary Rising Kindergarten Teacher Stipend

$250.00 Sea Breeze Elementary Early Learning Teacher Stipend

$250.00 Sea Breeze Elementary Early Learning Teacher Stipend

$875.00 Ballard Elementary Coordinator

$250.00 Ballard Elementary Early Learning Teacher Stipend

$615.00 Rogers Garden-Bullock Co-Coordinator and Early Learning Teacher Stipend

$542.00 Rogers Garden-Bullock Co-Coordinator and Early Learning Teacher Stipend

$469.00 Rogers Garden-Bullock Co-Coordinator and Early Learning Teacher Stipend

$180.00 Early Learning Curriculum Unit Facilitator

$120.00 Early Learning Curriculum Unit Facilitator

$120.00 Early Learning Curriculum Unit Facilitator

In-Kind donations:

Dinners and Beverages

Incentives

$8,872.77 

Total Cost of the Summer Soar in 4 Program at 3 Title I Elementary Schools in 8 early learning classrooms.

$95.40 Cost per Early Learning student  to participate in the summer Soar in 4 program; 4 on campus family events with dinner, 1 family field trip with dinner, personal bi-weekly telephone calls by the student’s teacher, first day of school tips and support phone call, and 1 Yahoo Celebration for parents on the first day of school at each of the targeted schools.

.25 Cost for Early Learning families to participate in the summer Soar in 4 program; 2232 family members attended 4 on campus family events with dinner, 1 family field trip with dinner, personal bi-weekly telephone calls by the student’s teacher, first day of school tips and support phone call, and 1 Yahoo Celebration for parents on the first day of school at each of the targeted schools and received extension activities for their home.