The Problem is Urgent
Every August, another cohort of children will enter kindergarten. The parents and grandparents of these children depend on our education system to prepare them for bright futures, thriving careers, and a shot at the American Dream. We must not fail them.
The lack of progress over the past 30+ years is an indication that it will take more than incremental change to address the crisis before us. We need a new, innovative approach that taps into the latest in technology, and we need to use what we have learned about education. KLiCWOW is a 3-legged project that combines early learning strategies with the use of technology and engagement on the part of parents and the community as a whole.
Although providing a free tablet to each three and four-year old is inherent in this project, KLiCWOW is not really a technology project.
Central to the KLiCWOW approach is the concept that it will take parental engagement and support from the entire community for us to change educational outcomes in Clermont County.
STATEMENT OF VALUES
This is first and foremost a community project that supports our commitment to lifelong learning.
- We believe in education.
- We are committed to maximizing opportunities for all of our children.
- We believe in our parents and our educators.
- We are committed to helping them, to supporting them.
- We believe in nurturing the whole child.
- We are committed to more than just handing out tablets.
- We believe that technology must be fully embraced.
- We are committed to the potential of technology in all aspects of our lives.
- We believe that there is already enough evidence to suggest that tablets and other technologies are very helpful to early learning.
- We are committed to providing tools to our early learners and tips to the parents/guardians of our early learners.
FACT OR FICTION?
"The United States is among the top five nations in the world when it comes to educational systems."
FICTION. The recently released global report on education lists these countries in the top five: South Korea, Japan, Singapore, UK, and Russia. The United States ranked 17th. Each country’s ranking is based on five educational levels: early-childhood enrollment rates, Elementary Math, Science and Reading scores, Middle-School Math, Science and Reading scores, High School Graduation rates, and College Graduation rates. Source.
FACT OR FICTION?
One of the top answers to the question “How would you improve your country’s education system?” was “More technology."
FACT. These were the top five responses from this year’s public opinion poll:
- "Better teachers"
- "More government funding for education"
- "More challenging classes"
- "No standardized testing"
- "More technology"
69% of the participants were students, 13% parents, 9% taxpayers (others), 5% teachers, and 4% educators. Source.
Want To Read More About The Tablet And WoW Pouch?
KLiCWOW supports the recommendations of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) guidelines on family media use planning:
“Evidence is sufficient to recommend time limitations on digital media use for children 2 to 5 years to no more than 1 hour per day to allow children ample time to engage in other activities important to their health and development and to establish media viewing habits associated with lower risk of obesity later in life. In addition, encouraging parents to change to educational and prosocial content and engage with their children around technology will allow children to reap the most benefit from what they view.
As digital technologies become more ubiquitous, pediatric providers must guide parents not only on the duration and content of media their child uses, but also on (1) creating unplugged spaces and times in their homes, because devices can now be taken anywhere; (2) the ability of new technologies to be used in social and creative ways; and (3) the importance of not displacing sleep, exercise, play, reading aloud, and social interactions.” (More)
Agenda For The Future
When over 500 members of the Clermont County community collaborated on the Agenda for the Future project in 2012 and 2013, seven themes emerged as critical to the progress needed in the near future:
Parks, Nature & Recreation
Health & Wellness
Within the Lifelong Learning theme, three goals stood out:
- Clermont residents and stakeholders understand the importance of, and invest in, the social and economic value of learning.
- Every child enters kindergarten prepared for success in school.
- Every child in Clermont County has equal access to learning that helps them succeed in school and life.
KLiCWOW is an innovative community process focused on these three goals. Our inspired Shared Vision: by the fall of 2018, provide a free tablet and WOW Pouch to all Clermont County, Ohio children ages three & four, to help them become better prepared for K-12 education.
Our project is an innovative approach to early childhood learning that seeks to maximize the opportunities for learning that young children can experience during this period of rapid brain growth. Our mission is to create positive early learning experiences, cultivate curiosity and enthusiasm about learning, and support individual cognitive growth and development.