Success Starts At Home
Families served by 10BH have children who are tracked to attend the Ravenswood District in kindergarten. 10BH's mission is to raise student achievement in the Ravenswood District through preventative measures, which include:
- Help children develop school-readiness skills by providing weekly lessons that engage children where they are in their aptitudes, interests, and abilities as well as have parents present during all lessons so that families are able to learn directly how to implement what their children are taught.
- Create actionable goals with parents that increase their engagement in developing children’s academic, social, and life skills, and teach them about the Ravenswood District.
- Orient parents about the specific schools their children are tracked to attend in kindergarten and connect them with resources and key people in each school as well as opportunities for parent engagement.
- Build networks among parents in order to establish communities of parents within schools and
- Increase the number of children served annually to more than 50% of incoming kindergartners to magnify the effects of #1-4.
10BH enrolls families who meet two of three at-risk criteria:
- Are low-income (below 200% of the poverty line)
- Parents have no post high school education
- Are classified as minority
- 72% of families meet three at-risk criteria
What we provide and teach during Role Model lessons
ü Children receive weekly 1-on-1 lessons tailored to their interests and skill level (Parents and Role Models work with 10BH staff to deepen the impact of each lesson)
ü Each child is given 56 books, a vocabulary and writing book, and a bookcase
ü Parents read with their children 5-6 times per week
ü Children learn the fundamentals of reading (i.e. parts of a book, how pictures and words are used to tell a story, stories are sequenced and have openings and conclusions, letters and words can be found in the world around them, stories relate to real life, etc.)
ü Children spend more time reading to themselves (telling stories with books, talking about the pictures, etc.)
ü Children learn how to write their name, other letters and numbers, and names of family members numbers
ü Children learn how to count up to and beyond 30, compare sizes, lengths, distances, shapes and colors, and identify
ü Children develop English language skills (i.e. talking in complete sentences, communicating ideas about self, others, and experiences, holding conversations, accurate pronunciation of letter sounds)
ü Children living in non-English speaking homes develop strong English language skills
ü Children sit for longer durations of time during learning activities, exhibit more patience and persistence, follow more complex directions and routines, and regulate the expression of wants and needs with increasing ease
ü Children increase their interactions and socialization with peers and adults ü Non-English speaking parents learn how to speak Englishü Parents learn how to read with more enthusiasm to their children
ü Children develop a love for books and learning
10BH has a strategic plan
Goal 1—Prepare children for kindergarten.
2012-2013: Ready Children. Help children develop school-readiness skills by allowing them to guide their own learning and teach parents through example how to implement the Role Modeling Approach.
Goal 2—Prepare parents to engage in their children’s education throughout grade school.
2013-2014: Ready Families. Help parents increase their involvement in developing children’s school-readiness skills, connect parents with resources and people in Ravenswood District and the local community, and build parent networks within their children’s grade school.
Goal 3—Scale the number of families served.
2012-2016: Ready Communities. Increase to and hold annual enrollment at 300 children. Ensure that year-after-year more than 50% of each incoming kindergarten class is populated by 10BH graduates.