Sangamon Success is a Continuum of Learning initiative, started in 2015, to help less advantaged children in our community acquire the skills they need for long-term success. Sangamon Success consists of 25 recommendations developed by local educational experts based on what the research says works and the experiences of local schools and child-serving agencies.
Since all 25 recommendations cannot be pursued at the same time, the Coordinating Council of the Continuum of Learning has identified five goals, consisting of nine recommendations, as the initial priorities for Sangamon Success:
1. Increase the number of less advantaged children participating in and benefiting from the most effective early home visiting programs by:
- Implementing the Nurse-Family Partnership for low-income, first-time mothers.
- Improving the ability of existing home visiting programs in the community to achieve the best possible outcomes for at-risk children.
2. Increase the number of young, less advantaged children participating in and benefiting from the highest quality preschool and child care programs by:
- Improving the ability of preschools and child care providers to use data and evaluation to enhance their performance.
- Increasing the use of proven preschool math curricula, since math ability is a strong predictor of later school success.
3. Increase the number of school-aged children participating in and benefiting from effective mentoring programs by:
- Improving the capacity of mentoring providers to use best practices, data, and evaluation to enhance their performance.
- Developing and implementing strategies to improve the recruitment of adults willing and able to provide the time and commitment effective mentoring requires.
4. Increase the number of low-income and minority teenagers who complete high school ready for college or career by:
- Increasing their participation in dual-credit programs, which allow students to earn college credit while in high school.
- Helping local high schools, in collaboration with employers and community colleges, develop more career and technical education opportunities.
5. Increase educators’, child development professionals’, and organizations’ understanding and practical use of the scientific evidence on the critical role played by the brain’s executive functions in developing the capacity to learn by:
- Conducting a series of professional development workshops on what executive functions are, how they support learning, and practical activities that can be used at each stage of child development to bolster executive functioning.