Anchor Point offers new community programs to benefit pre-schoolers

 

Special to the Dorchester Banner/Anchor Point Anchor Point would like to help the Dorchester Community with a “Learning Circle” school readiness pilot for neighborhood pre-school children.

Special to the Dorchester Banner/Anchor Point
Anchor Point would like to help the Dorchester Community with a “Learning Circle” school readiness pilot for neighborhood pre-school children.

CAMBRIDGE — With 78 percent of children entering school not testing “ready” for school, according to Maryland Department of Education, School Readiness Results for 2014-15 for Dorchester County, our community is facing a crisis in the education of the next generation.

Anchor Point, Inc. is attempting to make a difference by engaging local citizens, churches, health care providers, educators, law enforcement and service organizations to help rebuild the fabric of society that has struggled for decades with the socio-economic challenges unique to Dorchester County, beginning with healthy and helpful relationship building.

The first of two events that facilitate this is Neighborhood Block Parties where individuals and families can interact while enjoying free food, conversation, games, music, arts and crafts, register to vote, receive information on community resources and get free health care screening. Anchor Point provides and cooks all the food and coordinates the event in a local church’s neighborhood.

The second event is for a local church to host a “Learning Circle” school readiness pilot for their neighborhood pre-school children. Anchor Point provides all the teaching staff, learning materials, books, arts and craft supplies, supplemental food bags for the families hunger challenges, school clothes and shoes, book bags and supplies. Churches provide space and volunteers to launch the 8 week pilot program.

Churches may choose to continue on with a tailored approach to pre-school community engagement after the pilot. Parents attend with children so there is no special licensing requirements. Not only will churches be helping their neighborhood families, but they may even see some growth in membership, due to increased interaction with non-attending families.

Please contact Alan McRae at 240-876-5000 if your church would consider hosting a block party this summer, would like to launch a Learning Circle or simply want more information.

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