Pre-K Mentoring Program
A new approach to ensuring all 3 and 4- year-olds are ready for success in school
and a life of learning.
Based on the nation-wide Foster Grandparent Program model (est. 1963), the Pre-K Mentoring Program is a new initiative for 3 and 4-year-olds at childcare centers in Riviera Beach and surrounding areas to increase their readiness for Kindergarten through a supportive, one-on-one relationship with a mentor.
Mentors are senior volunteers (ages 55+) with the Area Agency on Aging, and in most cases are from the same communities as the childcare centers. This inter-generational approach bridges the youngest and oldest generations, strengthening bonds within the community.
By developing close relationships with mentors, children learn the social-emotional skills to prepare them for life-long learning such as listening and asking questions. This also helps children to build a foundational understanding of what positive relationships can look like with adults outside of their family; which can lead to stronger and happier relationships with teachers, coaches and other adults in the future.
“I alone cannot change the world,
but I can cast a stone across the waters to create many ripples.”Mother Teresa