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Kids Count in Alachua County, Inc.Kids Count in Alachua County, Inc.
The vision of Kids Count in Alachua County, Inc., a nonprofit organiztion, is that all elementary children in the community who need extra support to succeed in school and life will have that opportunity. To work towards this vision, Kids Count partn... Read more
The vision of Kids Count in Alachua County, Inc., a nonprofit organiztion, is that all elementary children in the community who need extra support to succeed in school and life will have that opportunity. To work towards this vision, Kids Count partners with schools, churches and other organizations to offer highly effective programs that inspire hope, enhance learniong, improve confidence and build life skills. Kids Count provides qualified staff, volunteers and expertise for the programs it supports.
After researching tutoring-based after school programs for elementary students around the country, the Board of Directors and staff of Kids Count rolled out a newly-designed after school program this fall. Developed with expertise from the University of Florida College of Education, The Kids Count at Faith United Methodist Church after school program combines research-based, effective literacy tutoring, social skill building through character development, and hands-on, engaging, and fun enrichment activities. The result fulfills the Kids Count mission of meeting the needs of the whole child.
There are three distinct components of the Kids Count after school program:
Literacy Tutoring: Children receive one-on-one tutoring from UF College of Education students two days per week. Key features of the tutoring component include personalized lessons designed to meet each student’s needs, ongoing monitoring of student’s progress and hands-on, developmentally appropriate activities. Each tutor is trained and supported by the Program Director.
Character Development: Children participate in activities designed to help develop positive character traits and social skills. The Site Director and volunteers facilitate this learning through engaging activities that encourage student participation and generalization of key character traits.
Enrichment: Our program allows children to experience learning that is exciting and fun. Our goal is having children immersed weekly in art projects, science experiments and investigations, historical explorations, technology-focused projects, home economics, nature/animals, health/hygiene/fitness, and more. Enrichment activities are facilitated by community and student groups and volunteers.