Preschool Community Playgroups Back in Session

Preschool Community Playgroups Back in Session

Lynchburg City Schools & Lynchburg Parks and Recreation are proud to present for the third year Preschool Community Playgroups. This is a great opportunity for parents, grandparents, and other caregivers to learn how to be their child’s first teacher and to connect with other families while their child has socialization with other preschool-aged kids. Children will get accustomed to a learning routine similar to that of preschool and kindergarten and will include: •Large Group Time: Storytelling, singing, dancing, musical instruments •Learning Centers: Art, block play, pretend play, toys, and books •Plus snack time and outdoor time (weather permitting) The program is open for all preschool children and will be held on: •Tuesdays, beginning September 8, 2015 from 10:00-11:30 a.m. at Diamond Hill Center, 1005 Seventeenth Street •Wednesdays, beginning September 9, from 10:00-11:30 a.m. at Daniel’s Hill Neighborhood Center, 317 Norwood Street For more information or to register call (434) 515-5180 or email...

FY 2015 CoC Program Competition Now Open

FY 2015 CoC Program Competition Now Open The Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) for the Fiscal Year (FY) 2015 Continuum of Care Program Competition has been posted to the FY 2015 Continuum of Care (CoC) Program Competition: Funding Availability page on the HUD Exchange. The FY 2015 CoC Consolidated Application and Project Applications are now available in e-snaps. Submission Deadline: Friday, November 20, 2015 at 7:59:59 PM...
2014-2015 SOL SCORES ARE IN FOR CENTRAL VIRGINIA…AND WAY UP!

2014-2015 SOL SCORES ARE IN FOR CENTRAL VIRGINIA…AND WAY UP!

Central Virginia students have something to celebrate – Virginia Standards of Learning scores are in for 2014-15 and they are up across the board! The passing average for Third Grade Reading in our area was at 64% last year and now, with the release of the new scores, is up to 72%. According to the Virginia Department of Education, Amherst County is up from 69% to 73%, Appomattox County 67% to 76%, Bedford County 66% to 75%, Campbell County went from 66% to 71%, and Lynchburg City went from 55% to 65%. Additionally, scores were up for most proficiency gap students, particularly African Americans. “Student achievement in 2014-2015 on Standards of Learning (SOL) tests in English, mathematics, history and science represents significant progress in the commonwealth’s effort to better prepare students for success in college and careers. Statewide, students posted five-point overall gains in reading and mathematics, while achievement increased by two points each in writing, science and history. Virginia teachers and students are adapting to the more rigorous standards implemented by the state Board of Education several years ago,” Virginia Superintendent of Public Instruction Steven R. Staples said. “The positive trend lines confirm that meeting these new standards is possible, although it will take time for schools to complete the adjustment.” The 2014-2015 school year was the first during which students in grades 3-8 were allowed to retake SOL tests in reading, mathematics, science and history. On average, the performance of students on expedited retakes increased pass rates by about four points on each test. These gains are exciting to see, but we still have a long way...
Education Readiness Program Updates

Education Readiness Program Updates

The kickoff for our Education Readiness Initiative Funded Programs was July 1st and our Signature Funded Program–Bridging the Achievement Gap: Connecting Families to Schools through Home Visiting–managed by HumanKind in partnership with Lynchburg City Schools is already off to a great start. HumanKind’s Family Education-Partnership is a home visiting program that is building the bridge between school and home to promote academic success! Program staff were hired in July and have already completed weeks of curriculum and home visiting training. HumanKind staff conducted training at Hutcherson Early Learning Center to educate teachers on the facets of the program, the strengths of the Growing Great Kids curriculum and the referral process. In addition, Family-Education Partners have attended three Open House events at Lynchburg City’s pre-K schools to educate families about program availability and cultivate participation. Next up for the program, they will be holding their first parent night event – “Preschool for Parents” – at Hutcherson on September 24. This interactive event provides parents an opportunity to experience firsthand all that their children are learning in the preschool setting. Miriam Torian, HumanKind’s Director of Quality and Community Based Services also spoke to United Way about how wonderful the partnership is working out with Lynchburg City Schools, “The administration and staff have been overwhelmingly supportive and engaged and we greatly appreciate all of their efforts!” Thank you to HumanKind and Lynchburg City Schools for beginning this great work and we are so excited to see how this fantastic and innovative program impacts the readiness of the children in the City of...

Our Commitment to Central Virginia

Welcome to United Way of Central Virginia’s new Education Readiness Initiative Blog! This is a great way to find out all the things happening not only with our Education Readiness programs, but all of the wonderful readiness initiatives and programs in the area. Every Tuesday or “Teach Tuesday” on this blog, there will be highlights of our three Education Readiness programs–Appomattox Literacy Intervention Project, Campbell County Public Library Foundation, and HumanKind (in partnership with Lynchburg City Schools), events from our partner agencies, updates from our Education Readiness Signature Partner, Smart Beginnings Central Virginia, as well as information from other organizations in our community doing impactful work to help increase the readiness of Central Virginia’s children. We also will be launching a new social media campaign #StrongStartUWCV in September. All of this is meant to help inform our donors, supporters, and volunteers about the many ways the Central Virginia community is working together to help reach United Way of Central Virginia’s Education Readiness goal of 90% Third Grade Reading proficiency by 2025. It is our commitment to our children that together, collectively, we can make this happen. We are well on our way and we can’t do it without you. Thank you for supporting United Way, and thank you for Living...