How a church and a public school collaborated to share staff to meet a pre-kindergarten literacy shortfall

Addressing the Challenges of Poverty national conference presentation spotlight

Be encouraged to think creatively about community collaboration by engaging with church and public school leaders who came together to share staff to meet a pre-kindergarten literacy need in their community.

In this workshop, you will hear from and dialogue with church and school leaders about how and why they were able to overcome the church/state divide in their community by hiring a literacy liaison in an effort to improve children’s chances of transitioning out of poverty. You will also see data from the first full year of this effort.

Learning objectives include:

  • Learn how the church/state divide became a unique and trusting partnership.
  • Gain insight into the Pequea Valley School District’s poverty statistics and how those statistics connect to kindergarten readiness.
  • Learn about the value of early literacy in an under-resourced community, as well as data to highlight the program’s effectiveness.

Target Audience: New and advanced aha! Process users, Bridges, Faith/Family, K–12

Presenters: Tim Rogers, lead pastor, Grace Point Church, Paradise, Pennsylvania, Katie Beiler, birth-to-5 literacy liaison, Rich Eby, assistant to the superintendent, Pequea Valley School District, Kinzers, Pennsylvania

Time/Location: Monday, September 24, Addressing the Challenges of Poverty national conference, Atlanta, Georgia