Partners for Early Learning is the Richland School District's initiative to ensure that parents, childcare providers, and community stakeholders work together to help young children enter school with the academic and social readiness skills they need to be successful. Research clearly shows that children who arrive at school lacking social and pre-academic skills have a difficult time catching up to their peers. Research also shows that the most effective and cost efficient time to build the foundation needed for success in school is birth to five, not after they enter kindergarten.
"We need to reach many more of Richland's at-risk children before they enter school," states Assistant Superintendent Erich Bolz. "There are countless parents who do not have the resources to access even informal pre-school services. We are seeking to change that."