Liberty Bank Foundation officials awarded a $30,000 early literacy grant to the Waterbury Public Schools for its Jump Start for Kindergarten program June 16th. Early Childhood Education Supervisor Patricia Moran, Mayor Neil M. O’Leary, School Superintendent Dr. Kathleen M. Ouellette, along with Chief Academic Officer Darren Schwartz, received the check from Liberty Bank Foundation Program Officer Toral Maher and Liberty Bank Branch Manager Dan Ruocco.
Jump Start for Learning is an intensive remediation program for pre-kindergarten children to enhance and enrich reading readiness and preparedness for kindergarten. Through whole group, small group, individual and center activities, children will develop oral language, vocabulary, comprehension and numeracy skills. As a result of increasing these skills, the students’ independence and confidence will be heightened to ensure a smoother transition to kindergarten.