His daycare and preschool hadn’t had a lot of supervision, Gattis said, and allowed her son, Melvin “Trey” Babbs, to wander from room to room.
“Every time I picked him up, he was in another classroom, or he was in (the director’s) office,” she said.
Gattis was worried this freedom would translate to him not being able to sit in one place and learn in kindergarten at Northside Elementary School. But then, Trey attended a three-week kindergarten readiness program from the Family Success Alliance.
“I was really, really worried he would not be able to settle in and not be in trouble and not be such a busybody, and that program, it worked,” Gattis said.
While Trey attended preschool, lots of kids in Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools and Orange County Schools do not. Many also lack other resources that help them succeed in school.
Kids who enrolled in the Family Success Alliance kindergarten readiness program went from 9 percent to 67 percent proficiency in literacy, math and social skills by the end of the summer program.
Additionally, the Alliance seeks to address community needs throughout the school year by matching families with the resources they need.