The mission of the Readiness Center is to provide educational programs for low-income parents and their pre-school through grade five children with the goal of fostering self-esteem in both parents and children by offering a variety of educational opportunities in a setting wherein they can be successful.
The Readiness Center provides the following programs:
1. A Preschool Program (ages 3-5)
This program is unique because the parent attends with the child. For the first ½ hour the parent and child work together, with the parent as the teacher, then the child continues the preschool day and the parent attends a class (offerings follow).
2. Offerings for Parents
A. Computer Class
Volunteers provide individualized help to learn or update skills. Parents may also study for their G.E.D. on our software.
B. Craft, Sewing and Cooking Classes
Each group determines what they want to do.
C. Parenting Classes
These are on-going throughout the year, and monthly luncheons with speakers are planned by the participants.
3. City Kids' Program (K-5)
This is a homework assistance program that integrates prevention programs and enhances learning with our educational games, software, and lending library.
4. Teen Volunteer/Work 50/50 Program
Teens work as mentors in the City Kids’ program and do cleaning and preparation (cutting, assembling) of preschool materials. They are paid for 50% of their work time. The teens learn needed job skills.