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Clermont County Pilot Program Addresses Kindergarten Readiness

United Way's Success By 6® is embarking on a pilot program designed to help Clermont County children bridge the achievement gap and prepare for kindergarten and first grade.
July 2, 2021

CINCINNATI, Ohio (July 2, 2021) - United Way's Success By 6® is embarking on a pilot program designed to help Clermont County children bridge the achievement gap and prepare for kindergarten and first grade. The program centers on a digital learning platform from Hatch Early Learning Inc. called Ignite by Hatch.

Ignite by Hatch is a game-based program built to promote growth and development. The web-based program is designed to be used by children for up to 30 minutes each week. As children progress through up to eight skill levels, the program delivers data so teachers can accurately assess student learning and ensure that individual goals are met.

For the pilot, Success by 6® is partnering with Felicity Preschool, Bethel-Tate Preschool, Batavia Kindergarten, and Batavia Heights Childcare, as well as a freestanding group of 10 families. Success by 6 has purchased Ignite by Hatch program licenses for the partner schools and families and all technology needed for access.

United Way prioritizes quality early childhood education because it correlates with financial stability later in life. Kindergarten readiness greatly increases the likelihood that a child will be reading on target by third grade. Research indicates a child who doesn’t attain modest reading skills by then is unlikely to graduate from high school. 

Teachers and administrative staff will be trained in July on how to best use Ignite by Hatch. Participants will implement the program into their classrooms and homes starting in September.

Nearly 100 children are expected to take part in the pilot. They will use Ignite by Hatch in class and at home for 10 months.

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