While participation in center-based early learning programs has been shown to have significant impact on kindergarten readiness, a variety of barriers exist which prevent many families from accessing these programs. Cost, lack of program slots available, transportation, and scheduling difficulties are all factors cited by Clermont County families. KLiCWOW's mission is to counteract these factors as much as possible. Easily accessible and highly interactive early learning opportunities for children from all demographics has already been shown in some school districts to affect “statistically significant gains” in English language skills, a prerequisite for reading.
The KLiCWOW project proposes to provide tablets and WOW pouches to a targeted audience consisting of all Clermont County children ages 3 to 4. The tablets will be pre-programmed with interactive educational programs designed to improve language, pre-literacy, and pre-math skills, create positive early learning experiences, cultivate curiosity and enthusiasm about learning, and support individual cognitive growth and development. That is our goal.
young children who utilize educational apps on mobile devices are experiencing significant gains in language and literacy skills.
In recent years, convincing evidence has emerged which tells us that early childhood learning (birth to age six) is crucial to academic success. The first years of a child’s life, birth through age five, are the most important years for building a strong foundation for future success in school and in life, according to United Way's Success By Six. The reason, you ask? Because in this first five years of a child’s life, the brain grows faster than at any other period in human development.
Touch screen technology has made the use of tablets accessible and appropriate for younger children who are still developing motor skills. During this period of rapid brain growth, we utilize technology that is uniquely suited to education:
The KLiCWOW Tablet
- A highly interactive, user friendly, 1-to-1 platform – comes pre-loaded with educational applications that have received excellent ratings for learning outcomes.
The WOW Pouch
- A free bag of goodies whose contents are specifically chosen to engage young children and compliment the learning experience.
What is a WOW Pouch?
Research shows that children do better in school when they are physically and emotionally healthy.
Providing a tablet and tips to parents on how to get the most out of a tablet as a learning resource does not address the whole child.
The Whole Child Initiative identifies five kinds of learning that we like to see each child exposed to, every day if possible. They are:
- cognitive-intellectual activity, associated with the left brain
- creative-intuitive activity (the arts), associated with the right brain
- structured physical movement and unstructured, self-directed play
- handwork, making things that can be useful
- engagement with nature and community.
In the WOW Pouch, we want to provide children and parents with items and information to address the whole child. We will be seeking commitments from local businesses and institutions to help us fill the WOW Pouch with items such as books, toys that encourage development of small motor skills, games to play with others, passes to parks and nature centers, nutrition items and hygiene items. It is possible that a small amount of the money being donated will be used to fill out the WOW Pouches.
We want to thank the following contributors to our WOW Pouches: Cincinnati Nature Center, Clermont County Family YMCA, Scene 75, patrons of the Clermont County Public Library, State Farm agents Alyson Taylor and Letitia Ferguson, Success By Six and CCPL
If you own or manage a business or institution and have items to donate to the WOW Pouches, please contact John Melvin at firstname.lastname@example.org. All donations are tax deductible.