The Urban Collaborative Project discovered that 3rd grade children in Southeast San Diego are 30% behind the rest of their colleagues that live in other parts of San Diego.* Community Members were in uproar as they wanted solutions to improve their Community’s Education System for their children. Through much community discussion and planning, The Urban Collaborative Project’s Staff and loyal Community Members have created an Enhancement Program for children ages 0-5 attending Pre-K Schools and Daycare Facilities.
*Data presented by the Children’s Initiative and the Diamond Educational Excellence Partnership, DEEP, established that 3rd graders proficiency on the State’s Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC), were 30-50% lower than their colleagues. Schools that were used in the study: Balboa, Chollas, Johnson, Webster, SDUSD, and Bird Rock, Dingeman, E.B. Scripps, Jerebek, La Jolla, Torrey Pines.
The Pre-K Enhancement Program seeks to better prepare young students entering grade school to establish an educational fundamental of their academic skills. Listed below are 15 things children should know before they enter Pre-K.
The fifteen milestones for children by the age of five years old:
1. Be able to state full name when asked.
2. Be able to write first name with first letter uppercase and remaining letters lower case.
3. Use appropriate three-finger grasp when using writing instruments (pencils, crayons, and scissors).
4. Count to at least thirty and tells what number comes before or after a given number to 20.
5. Know all the letters in their first name.
6. Identify basic geometric shapes (triangle, circle, square, rectangle, oval, star, rhombus (diamond), and heart).
7. Know basic colors (red, blue, green, yellow, orange, purple, black, white, brown, pink).
8. Identify numerals 1-10 in random order.
9. Make most letter/sound matches.
10. Identify most upper and lower case letters.
11. Use finger to accurately touch count items to ten.
12. Knows concepts of print (front and back of book, which page comes first, track words left to right).
13. Be able to rhyme words.
14. Retells simple stories in sequence.
15. When given a word (“man”) and a new beginning sound (/f/), creates the familiar word (“fan”).
With the support and collaboration of parents, guardians, teachers, and community members, we will be sure to offer the best services and provide an honest education for young developing minds.
Above, is the graph showing last year's results (2017/2018 school-year) at South Porter Elementary School of the 14 Pre-K students that participated in the Pre-K Enhancement Program. Each of the 15 milestones were pre-assessed, tutored on, post-assessed, and measured to determine their advancement in a matter of 3 short months.