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Vision: All children ages birth through third grade in the Ark City school district will have access to literacy development resources and learning experiences at school, at home, and in the community.


Mission: The Ark City Early Literacy Coalition is a partnership of community stakeholders dedicated to creating equitable learning environments that support literacy development in children ages birth through third grade.  The coalition will collaborate to strategically advance initiatives and supports in three areas of focus:   

  • School Readiness
  • Family Engagement
  • Community Literacy Enrichment

 

Community partners team up to combat learning loss

Community partners team up to combat learning loss

Posted Date: 06/23/2022

The Arkansas City Public Library and the Arkansas City Recreation Commission have joined forces to help combat summer learning loss. Research indicates that over summer break, children can lose up . . .

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USD 470 lands grant to enhance kindergarten readiness efforts

USD 470 lands grant to enhance kindergarten readiness efforts

Posted Date: 06/15/2022

USD 470 was recently awarded a $25,000 grant by the Kansas Children’s Cabinet and Trust Fund to expand professional development and ultimately enhance students’ preschool experience. The grant will . . .

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USD 470 Early Literacy Initiative brings children's author to Cowley County

USD 470 Early Literacy Initiative brings children's author to Cowley County

Posted Date: 05/26/2022

The USD 470 Early Literacy Initiative is hosting children’s author, Brenda Maier, in Cowley County June 21-22, 2022. Maier is the author of popular children’s books entitled The Little Red Fort, The . . .

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Steering Committee:

  • USD 470 
  • Ark City Public Library
  • Ark City Recreation Commission 
  • Childstart, Inc.
  • City-Cowley County Health Department
  • Cowley County Head Start
  • KARSP - Kansas Association of Retired School Personnel
  • Kansas Migrant Education Program
  • Legacy, A Regional Community Foundation
  • REACH tiny-k Infant-Toddler Services

Additional Partners:

  • Ark City Police Department
  • Cowley College, Early Childhood Education
  • Family Life Services
  • Foster Grandparents Program
  • Greenbush - The Southeast Kansas Education Service Center
  • Local Businesses: Creekstone Farms, KanPak, and others
  • Nitty Gritty Theatre, Itty Bitty Play
  • RISE Cowley

 

Work is funded by the Kansas Health Foundation Communities Supporting Early Literacy grant. A direct link exists between higher levels of educational attainment, better health outcomes, and a greater overall quality of life.  Impacting this relationship starts when children are very young. 

For more information contact the USD 470 Early Literacy Coordinator: lindsay.wilke@usd470.com 

The Kansas Health Foundation is a philanthropy dedicated to improving the health of all Kansans.  For more information about the Kansas Health Foundation, visit www.kansashealth.org.