Pathway to K
Pathway to K is a transition to kindergarten summer program for children who registered for kindergarten in a Winston-Salem/Forsyth County elementary school with little or no preschool experience. This three-week summer program, which was offered for the first time in Summer 2016 through Project Impact’s support, focuses on the development of kindergarten readiness and social-emotional skills including familiarization with classroom routines, behaviors, and basic academic concepts.
In 2016, the program was offered to 259 students at 10 sites, and was led by experienced teaching and support staff from Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools. In 2017, experienced staff returned to offer the program to 149 students at 7 sites, while adding an additional day of instruction and a daily parent involvement component to maximize student growth.
Data from both the 2016 and 2017 Pathway to K cohorts demonstrated significant gains in pre-kindergarten benchmarks, including letter-naming, book orientation, self-selected activities, grip and manipulation, and object counting. The adjacent graphs summarize percentage gains in each of these areas, using pre- and post-program assessments.