Alamance County Kindergarten Fair

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Saturday, March 30, 2019, there were over 30 varying resources allowing parents of young children to meet face-to-face with school representatives, learn more about kindergarten readiness, and discover resources available to Alamance County’s youngest children. The fair brought out over 150 perspective students and an overall turnout of over 300 people to learn how to gear up for greatness and get their child Kindergarten ready!

Schools in attendance included Alamance-Burlington Schools, Alamance Christian School, Blessed Sacrament School, Bradford Academy, Burlington Christian Academy, The Burlington School, Children’s House Montessori, Clover Garden Charter School, and Grace Christian Academy.

Community resource agencies included critical early childhood supports like Alamance Partnership for Children, the Children’s Developmental Services Agency, Alamance County Division of

Social Services, Alamance County Health Department, and Alamance County Public Libraries. Additional participating partners include Head Start, United Way of Alamance County, Alamance Citizens for Education, Children’s Referral Agency, Holy Comforter Playschool, Burlington Recreation and Parks, Be Healthy Now | Cone Health, Maynard Aquatic Center, Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, 4-H, Studio 1, and Sylvan Learning Center of Burlington.

Coordinated and sponsored by Alamance Achieves, Tyronna Hooker, Executive Director of Alamance Achieves, explains how the fair aligns with it’s initiative’s goals.

“Alamance Achieves is an all-in partnership of cross-sector leaders who are committed to working together and with the community-at-large to measurably improve the success of our children, cradle to career. Currently, we are working with community partners who are aligned around the common goal that every child is well, healthy and ready for school. This event is a great example of the work team’s commitment to increasing access to resources.”

Community Transformation Council 2018

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Community leaders from across sectors gathered during Alamance Achieves’ annual Community Transformation Council meeting to discuss the state of education in Alamance County. Key speakers included Dr. Patrick Cronin, Dr. Bruce Benson, and Dr. John Stockwell. Presentations included a range of topics including the economic benefit of investing early in children, how ABSS uses data to move forward, and how we as a community can be involved in making change happen. 

There were also presentations about local initiatives in Alamance County aimed at improving education outcomes. Local kindergarten teacher, Melissa Blum, presented on Ready Freddy and Kenan Community Impact Fellows Bernadette Cooper and Daniela Ceron presented on Vroom. For more information on these programs as well as the community’s key takeaways from the event, check out our newsletter below! 

Summer Visit with SAM

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Earlier this summer, the Alamance Achieves Team visited Spartanburg Academic Movement (SAM), a sister organization in the Strive Together network, to see what and how they are ensuring children in Spartanburg, South Carolina succeed from cradle to career.

Along with our staff, members from our Steering Committee and Kindergarten Readiness Network met with the SAM leadership team and learned about the ways in which they are engaging the larger Spartanburg community in improving outcomes around kindergarten readiness, school attendance, and high school graduation. They emphasized building trust with partners and using data as a flashlight and not a hammer. 

Check out our video below to learn more: https://youtu.be/OkqpcVyOvDM