Special to the citizen The Morgan County Charter School System is reporting increased school readiness among kindergartners who participated in a new shared reading program, implemented in local preschools. The program, Read Right from the Start, was developed by the Rollins Center for Literacy and Language, Atlanta Speech School. Through funding provided by a Striving Reader grant received by the Morgan County School District, Rollins Center has been providing training and coaching to local preschool teachers for the last three years. The program is showing success as revealed by a recent review of test scores achieved by students as they entered kindergarten in the fall of this school year.
A comparison was made between students who attended a local preschool and received the Read Right from the Start program and those students who did not. Eighty-six (86) percent of students who participated in the program were ready for school as compared to forty-nine (49) percent who did not participate in the program. The success of this program is also evident in the comments of the kindergarten staff. One kindergarten teacher stated, “I have been so impressed with the students who have had this program, coming to kindergarten with such a solid foundation in literacy and language.” Another comment was, “The vocabulary that my students came to me using this year was amazing.” The Read Right from the Start program is making a difference for entering kindergartens in Morgan County. The program has given them a solid literacy foundation which the kindergarten staff can build on for continued school success. Preschools participating in this program are Cook’s Kiddie Care, DayStar Christian Daycare and Preschool, First United Methodist Church Preschool, Kiddy Land Early Learning Center, Madison Presbyterian Church Preschool, Morgan County Head Start/Early Head Start, and Morgan County Schools (PreK).