The Johnston County Partnership for Children has opened its Discovery Center to 18 youngsters enrolled in the Gearing Up for Kindergarten Program.
The program aims to give a jump-start to children who will enter kindergarten this fall. The children are siblings of members of the Boys and Girls Club of Johnston County.
The program, led by a licensed teacher, also offers training for parents, helping them strengthen their child’s social, cognitive, emotional, behavioral and academic skills.
The goal of Gearing Up for Kindergarten is that the whole family is prepared for kindergarten. Children enter kindergarten ready to succeed, and parents have the tools necessary to help their child be successful.
The Partnership for Children said the program would not have been possible without funding from the United Way and collaboration with the Great Futures: Children + Family Initiative.
The United Way’s new direction, a two-generational approach to families and children in low-income households, creates focus in order to make the greatest impact where it is most needed. It is an approach that has shown promising results in other communities.
The Great Futures: Children + Family Initiative is a collaboration of the Boys and Girls Club of Johnston County, Girl Scouting, Boy Scouting, the Partnership for Children and Johnston-Lee-Harnett Community Action. Working collaboratively allows the groups to make services available to individuals who might already be experiencing significant hardships.
After Gearing Up for Kindergarten wraps up, the Discovery Center will offer playtime for families. For more information about the Discovery Center or other Partnership for Children programs, call Darrella Cavenaugh at 919-202-0001 or go to PartnershipForChildrenJoCo.org.