Kindergarten Camp is a program of Community Partnership of the Ozarks aimed at increasing school readiness and literacy skills for high risk, low-income children, focusing on those who have not had the chance to attend a preschool program. The one week camp improves social and emotional skills through small groups and one-on-one mentoring. Kindergarten Camp also increases parents’ knowledge of literacy and developmental milestones and helps them build the social and emotional skills of their child.
Children attending Kindergarten Camp are assessed on their school readiness through multiple measures including an ASQ assessment and a DECA assessment (completed by their parent) and a checklist completed by their camp teacher. Parents are provided this information at the end of the week and are also furnished with numerous tools to support them in helping their child gain the necessary skills to start their first year of school. Parents interested in Kindergarten Camp can email our Early Childhood Division or call them at 888-2020.
Each year, Kindergarten Camp is full before the first session starts, leaving a waiting list of children for the program. For this reason, Community Partnership hopes to expand Kindergarten Camp into a year-round program with the help of donations from our community. In fact, it only costs $40 to send one child through the program. “Kindergarten Camp helps prepare kids and is a wise investment for our community. The success of these children is vital because they will one day be our future workforce and leadership,” said Russ Marquart, President and CEO of Empire Bank. He urges businesses to become a part of this effort by sponsoring a full week of Kindergarten Camp for $800. That’s enough to serve 15 to 20 children. In fact, Russ believes in the program so much that he recently committed $2,500 to sponsor 3 weeks of camp. Thank you!