KinderCamp Starts 12th Year

| June 13, 2016
KinderCamp Starts 12th Year
This week marks the 12th summer since the United Way of Northern Arizona brought KinderCamp™ – the innovative school readiness program – to cities throughout the region.
The initiative is designed to ensure that all children about to enter kindergarten have the academic, social and emotional skills needed to be successful.
KinderCamp™ serves as a way of filling in the gap between students with access to preschools and those
without.
Most of all, the curriculum stresses the fun of learning to make these students eager for school.
“The academic progress is a very important part of the program, but the social growth that the students make is probably one of the biggest impacts that this program makes,” notes Cassie Foss, who has been a KinderCamp™ teacher for the past six years (see profile below). “Students get acquainted with school and a kindergarten schedule. Students learn to work together, share, explore and work cooperatively throughout the entirety of the program.”
This program would not be possible without support from partners, including Fidelity Charitable Fund, Arizona Community Foundation (P-12 Educational Services Fund); the office of Coconino County Supervisors Matt Ryan (District 3); and Arizona Public Service. In kind support, including facilities, food service, transportation and supplies are provided by the Flagstaff Unified School District; Williams Unified School District; Page Unified School District; Winslow Unified School District; and Blue Ridge Unified School District.
If you would like to tour a KinderCamp classroom, please reach out to Carol Dykes at the United Way of Northern Arizona. Tours will be available during the second and third week of this month.

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