With a generous 3-year grant from Baptist Community Ministries (BCM), the PRIME TIME Preschool program has been piloted as a school readiness program for New Orleans area children ages 3-5 and their families. Based on the empirically proven PRIME TIME model, PRIME TIME Preschool introduces young children to the humanities and literature in a way that is developmentally appropriate and engaging. Through modeling and participation, parents of preschoolers learn many of the same skills that are garnered through the traditional PRIME TIME program: how to book-share with their children; how to ask questions that encourage critical thinking; how to make reading enjoyable and relevant; and how to encourage children to internalize a love of learning.
2013-2014 Implementing Sites
- Choice Lafayette Academy Charter School
- Kids of Excellence Child Care Center
- McMillian’s First Child Care Center
- Rainbow Academy
- Urban League of GNO; Clarence Barney Head Start
During year one of the pilot, five sites completed ten programs. Pilot sites implemented an additional ten programs during year two. The immediate feedback from both providers and participants indicate a great appreciation for the program and confidence that participation is making a difference in school readiness for the children. Outcomes from the criterion based assessment used to measure changes in expressive and receptive vocabulary among participating preschoolers show that, on average, of the 58 students assessed during fall 2013, each child gained 2.8 words from first to last session.
Recently, PRIME TIME Preschool and its impact on families were highlighted as part of the LEH’s GiveNOLA Day campaign.