Early Learners Program

School readiness is key for every child's successful academic career.  For many children growing up in low income environments, there are extra challenges in being ready to start school.  To help meet those challenges, during the school year the NEST-mobile delivers a free Early Learners Program on Tuesday and Thursday mornings from 10 am to Noon for children ages 3-5 years old.

 
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The focus of the Early Learners Program is not only to teach the skills necessary to be school ready, but also to focus on early academic intervention.  The morning is full of singing, beginning reading skills activities, math fun, and activities that help children with the social and emotional skills for being successful in the classroom.  The young students also receive a substantial healthy snack.


A child from a low income family who enters first grade has been exposed on average to just 25 hours of one-on-one picture book reading, whereas an entering middle income child has been exposed on average to more than 1,000 hours.
— Marth Pierson, Neurobiologist, Baylor College of Medicine