Newsroom Update

2021 Kindergarten Countdown Camp Outcomes

As students and families work their way through the school year, United Way of Greater Richmond & Petersburg is pleased to share data demonstrating the ways in which our Kindergarten Countdown Camp program helped nearly 100 kids succeed in 2021.  

After shifting to a virtual model in 2020, KCC returned to an in-person format for 2021.  We ran eight Kindergarten Countdown Camps this summer in schools across Powhatan, Goochland and Dinwiddie.  

The return to an in-person format brought several benefits. Not only were students able to improve academic skills, but the face-to-face interactions with peers and teachers allowed students to practice social-emotional skills in an engaging school environment. Below are a few highlights from the 2021 Kindergarten Countdown Camp program:

Impact on Families: 

“My child LOVED KCC. She came home daily talking about stories and showing me her work. She loved her teacher and getting to learn with other children.”

“I cannot say enough great things about KCC. My child looked forward to her free book each week, cutting and building relationships. That love of learning has been planted and she is so excited for school in September.”

“I feel like we are all more prepared for how Kindergarten will be and ways to help them excel further.”

Students practiced 11 social-emotional skills, including:
    • General coordination 
    • Following 2-step directions 
    • Expressing empathy for others 
    • And more 
Students demonstrated improvement across all eight academic skills tested, including:  
    • 100% of students testing proficient/in progress for knowledge of Colors. 
    • 93% of students showing growth or mastery for testing in Book Familiarity. 
    • 90% of students testing proficient/in progress for Counting. 

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