Birth to Age 5
Brain development occurs fastest in the early years, between ages 0-5. This is when the foundation for all later learning occurs. That's why Dayton and Montgomery County are investing in children beginning at birth.
Birth to Age 3:
We're helping build babies' brains with LENA®, the industry standard for measuring talk with children. Using a “talk pedometer," adults can see how much conversation children are experiencing. Early talk promotes critical and lasting brain development.
LENA® encourages families and caregivers to increase how much they speak to infants and young children. Babies and toddlers take in and benefit from conversation even before they begin talking.
Learn to Earn is piloting this research-backed, fun technology with families, while some partners are using LENA® in their childcare programs.
To learn more, contact Hope Vuto at 937-236-9965, ext. 2186.
Passport to Kindergarten:
Sponsored by PNC Grow Up Great, Passport to Kindergarten is a year-long program for Preschool teachers and their young learners’ families. The initiative promotes literacy and language skills by providing monthly professional development to Preschool teachers of low-income children, while also offering free enriching learning opportunities to children and families.
Passport to Kindergarten teachers received a small stipend.
To learn more, contact Debbie Barnhart at 937-623-7842.
Started with leadership from Learn to Earn, the Dayton-Montgomery County Preschool Promise was created to help more children come to Kindergarten ready to learn. It is making at least one year of high quality Preschool more available and affordable to families with 4-year-olds.
Thanks to Dayton voters and Montgomery County, Preschool Promise:
HELPS Preschool providers improve their programming
PROVIDES need-based tuition assistance
EDUCATES the community about the importance of children attending Preschool
Montgomery County school districts, Preschools, libraries and organizations that serve families and children have come together to ensure all children start Kindergarten ready to learn.
They're sharing ideas about curriculum and instruction, assessments and more. They're planning joint professional development. They're learning about community resources to support their families and young learners.