What we hope this program will accomplish…
WHY DID OUR COMMUNITY NEED OSCEOLA READS?
In Fall 2014, only 13% of kindergartens in Osceola County scored proficient on their kindergarten readiness assessment. The Osceola County School District leadership realized we had a crucial problem. If students were not prepared to come into school, they would continuously be “catching up” rather than moving forward in their education.
In 2015, the Osceola County School District piloted Footsteps2Brilliance in VPK classrooms during their summer programming. During this time, they also trained all reading coaches and teachers to prepare for the implementation of the program in their classrooms.
Along with making Footsteps2Brilliance available to all Osceola County School District students, the district leadership ensured that all Osceola County children would have access to the reading app for free. Osceola Reads came to fruition with the goal of spreading awareness of the importance of early childhood literacy and sought out registering community users and private childcare providers with Footsteps2Brilliance, as well as providing reading tips and resources to families to assure that children were prepared for their first day of kindergarten.