The city released a progress report regarding Mayor Lovely Warren’s early childhood reading program, the 3-to-3 Initiative, Jan 6.
Warren said she created the initiative after receiving recommendations from an Early Learning Council she convened after taking office in 2014.
The program is designed to improve the educational outcomes of children ages 3 to third grade, while giving every child “the opportunity to develop the academic and social skills necessary to succeed in school and life,” the report said.
Since taking office, Warren’s administration has developed new programs, and expanded existing ones in recreation centers and libraries, through the program; secured over $500,000 in funds to to expand kids’ educational opportunities; and increased parent engagement through literacy initiatives, according to the report.
In addition, the city has also created the GROW Rochester program through the program, which is a collaboration between children’s agencies used to screen three-year olds for developmental and health delays prior to starting school.
Warren also touted $12 million the city recieved in state funds to put toward a Pre-Kindergarten program for three-year olds in the report, as well as the city’s efforts to create a scholarship fund for low-income parents to send their kids to private school, similar to the Children’s Scholarship Fund in New York City, and the Bison Fund in Buffalo.
However, the city’s report did acknowledge there’s still more work to be done to raise students’ academic achievement levels.
Warren has recently been appointed as co-chair of the National League of Cities Council on Youth, Education and Families, which, according to the report, will allow her to “be a more effective advocate for early childhood education for Rochester, and children nationwide.”