HAMMOND | Studies show that educational support during the first five years is extremely crucial and can set the tone for a child’s entire life. Enter the Early Learning Partnership of Northwest Indiana (ELP), a not-for-profit organization dedicated to parent education and support from pregnancy through kindergarten.
“We are extremely proud of our 32 graduates and their families,” said Kimberly Smith, MSW, executive director of ELP. “Our students and parents have worked hard to ensure they have bright futures ahead,” she added.
The graduation was held on June 4, at Miller Elementary School in Hammond, Ind., which is also home to ELP headquarters. Additional photos of the graduation are available at https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10151393096555997.1073741826.186048375996&type=1&l=78654220d5 (please note that you do not need a Facebook account to view this album).
“Studies show that quality early learning programs that begin before kindergarten have the best results for increasing high school graduation rates and successful pursuit of college degrees,” Smith explained. “Our school readiness pilot program – called Ready to Soar – helps children and parents prepare for kindergarten, school and college by identifying potential barriers to learning and encouraging parents to become involved in their child’s school and education from the very start.”
Originally established in 1999 under the Parents as Teachers name and model, the charitable organization has served more than 750 families in Lake County and provides more than 5,000 home visits each year. More information on the organization is available at http://www.elpnwi.org or by calling their main office at 219-554-1710.