Head Start and the Great Start Readiness Program (GSRP) are tasked with improving kindergarten readiness for Flint four-year olds. The FSPA shares a commitment to their success. All children in these programs are from families with identified risk factors that may impact how well they learn. Due to Flint's water contamination and the attendant health problems that may affect some children for years to come, these programs are crucially important. In 2016-2017, the GISD found that after one school year in these programs, there is a 13 - 18% gain in the number of children who are meeting or exceeding the readiness goals. (language and literacy; cognition and general knowledge; perceptual, motor and physical development; social-emotional; and approaches to learning). FSPA's Music & Movement for Young Learners Program curriculum aligns with these goals while providing a developmentally appropriate introduction to music and dance.
Working with both the Genesee Intermediate School District and GCCARD, we will provide a series of five sessions that include both music and dance instruction and take place at the FSPA. We estimate 48 - 56 classrooms will travel to the FSPA to take advantage of our faculty, instruments, and facilities. We anticipate 786 - 896 children will participate with approximately 45 - 50% from North Flint. Though other grant resources, we will provide an additional eight Flint GSRP classrooms with weekly in-school music sessions.
Ruth Mott Foundation
Billy Rose Foundation