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    Benefits

    For Children

    There are several ways your child can participate in Ready Set Go…to Kindergarten (RSG).

    First, your child can enroll in one of the early childhood education programs that are part of RSG.

    • Significantly improves early literacy, language and math skills,
    • Improves student performance on third-grade tests,
    • Reduces the number of kids held back in school by up to 36 percent,
    • Reduces the need for special education by up to 49 percent.

     

    Second, your child can participate in one of the community events sponsored by RSG. This includes Storytime at the Elyria Public Library, community wide playgroups, and developmental health screenings. Contact us at rsginfo@horizonohio.org for more details.

    Third,

    Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library in Elyria!

    What Is It?

    Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library is a 60 volume set of books beginning with the children’s classic The Little Engine That Could. Each month a new, carefully selected book will be mailed in your child’s name directly to your home. Best of all it is a FREE GIFT! There is no cost or obligation to your family because Ready Set Go…to Kindergarten covers all costs!

    Who Is Eligible?

    Preschool children ages birth to five who are residents of Elyria.

    What Are My Responsibilities?

    1. Be a resident of Elyria.

    2. Submit an official registration form, completely filled out by parent or guardian.  The form can be found here or email rsginfo@horizonohio.org for a copy of the registration form.  The form must be approved and on file with Ready Set Go…to Kindergarten.

    3. Notify Ready Set Go…to Kindergarten any time your address changes. Books are mailed to the address listed on the official registration form. If the child’s address changes, you must contact RSG at rsginfo@horizonohio.org in order to continue receiving books.

    4. Read with your child.

    When Will I Receive Books?

    Eight to ten weeks after your registration form has been received, books will begin arriving at your home and will continue until your child turns five or you move out of Elyria.

     

     

    Entering kindergarten ready to learn prepares your child for life! Additionally, because of the improved communication between the early childhood education community and organizations such as the Elyria City School District, the transition process into kindergarten is easier on children and parents alike.

     

    Questions?

    Contact Ready Set Go…to Kindergarten at rsginfo@horizonohio.org or 440-420-2888.

    For Early Childhood Education Providers

    • Free marketing
    • Recognition as a RSG Participant
    • Professional Development Opportunities
    • Technical Assistance to improve or maintain Step Up To Quality rating

    For the Community, children who participate in quality early childhood education programs:

    • Have higher rates of employment as adults
    • Have higher earnings as adults
    • Have reduced participation in crime as adults
    • Have reduced rate of use of public assistance as adults
    • Finally, research shows the rate of return on investments in early childhood education is far greater than investments made in primary and secondary education