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School Readiness Backpacks

The goal of Uwwc's School Readiness Backpack Program is to foster family engagement to support kindergarten readiness.  The backpacks aim to provide parents with the education and resources they need to successfully carry out their role as their child's first and most important teacher. We hope that our backpacks will promote positive program-family connections and lead to greater kindergarten readiness, academic motivation, and grade promotion among the 3-5 year old children who receive a  backpack.

Each School Readiness Backpack is comprised of a backpack stuffed with a binder that lists developmentally appropriate learning activities for parents to use with their children and organizes them based on the following categories: reading, language, art, health, safety, development, math, science and social studies. The backpack also contains 2 bilingual (English/Spanish) books pertaining to the activities from the binder, a Usda MyPlate and activity booklet, as well as a pencil pouch containing developmentally appropriate scissors, crayons and a music Cd. Our community partners integrate the  backpacks with their curriculum and demonstrate them to parents (and sometimes their children) during training sessions where they go through the activities and explain the rationality behind the various components of the  backpack

We strategically partner with early childhood education programs that are already serving our target demographic - low-income and/or Spanish-Speaking families with 3-5 year old children.

Accepted to the Portfolio: March 2015

Target Outcomes

Short Term Outcomes

  • Parents or another family member read more to their child since receiving a kit
  • Parents or other family member participate more in learning activities with their child since receiving a kit
  • Parents or other family member will increase their understanding of how children learn
  • Parents or other family member will increase their awareness of available community resources

Long Term Outcomes

  • More Sonoma County children will graduate high school in four year
  • More Sonoma County youth will achieve their potential in school and life

Target Population

Demographics

  • Early Childhood (0 - 5)
  • Adult (25 - 60)

Service Area

County-wide:

  • Southeast (District 1)
  • Southwest (District 2)
  • Central (District 3)
  • Northeast (District 4)
  • Northwest (District 5)



    Program Implementers

    The following organizations implement this program locally:

    United Way of the Wine Country

     United Way of the Wine Country

    Program Funders

    Many thanks to the following funders for making this program possible.

    Local Funders

    • Community Foundation Sonoma County
    • Sonoma Wine Country Weekend