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Programs and Services
Kids in Transition to School (KITS)
KITS is an early childhood program that is currently being offered as a pilot program to families in the Guy Lee, Maple, Mt. Vernon, Riverbend and Two Rivers–Dos Ríos elementary school communities. The program is currently taking place at three school sites: Guy Lee, Riverbend (serving Riverbend and Mt. Vernon children) and Two Rivers-Dos Ríos (serving TRDR and Maple children).
The program is designed to get kids the skills they need to begin school. Each summer, children who are scheduled to enter kindergarten that fall are invited to a playgroup that meets twice a week for 8 weeks in July and August. The students are taught pre-reading skills, such as letter names and sounds, pre-writing skills, such as how to write their names, and social skills, such as taking turns, raising their hand, how not to talk out of turn.
After school begins, the groups continue to meet once a week for another 8 weeks in September and October.
The program has been very successful in helping kids learn the skills they need to be successful in the classroom.
As part of the program, parents are also invited to participate in workshops every other week covering topics like how to prepare their kids for a strong start in school, establishing routines for getting to school and doing homework, and getting involved at the school.
The funding for this program has been provided through a collaboration between United Way of Lane County, the Springfield and Bethel School Districts and the Oregon Social Learning Center.
Click here to read more about the KITS research.
Click here to read/listen to a story about KITS on KLCC.
Sign-ups for this free program will be available at the schools' spring open house events. For more information, contact KITS at 541-681-4210.