Help us close the achievement gap in Greenwich with our Early Childhood Achievement Gap Solutions (ECAGS) program. With support from our Impact Partners: Family Centers, YMCA of Greenwich and Greenwich Public Schools, this new data-driven solution is now in full swing here in Greenwich!
The program’s objective is to narrow the Achievement Gap utilizing a two-pronged approach. One, an evidence-based home visitation program, Greenwich Parents as Teachers, at Family Centers, targeting low-income families and children, ages birth to 3, coupled with an enriched pre-school instructional coaching program, at Family Centers and the YMCA of Greenwich, serving a large percentage of low-income children, ages 3-5.
Data shows children in Greenwich from low-income families and those in which English is a second language perform significantly lower than their peers on standardized reading and math tests.
The percentage of children in these groups meeting expected achievement levels is 28 to 36 percentage points lower than the Town average.
Research shows that a combination of a high-quality home visitation program coupled with an enhanced pre-school program can narrow the achievement gap.
To track the results of this program, the Greenwich United Way has entered into an agreement with the Greenwich Public Schools (GPS) to share data and resources to ensure program success.
As we have been doing since 1933, the Greenwich United Way has identified a need and assembled the right community partners to address this need: in this case, elimination of the achievement gap in the community.
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