Five Learning Years (FLY)

A community partnership to improve children’s overall well-being and school readiness with the goal to increase graduation rates.  

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Mission

The mission of FLY is to bring all St. Johns County, individuals and organizations together to ensure students arrive at kindergarten academically, socially, emotionally and physically ready to learn.   FLY aims to improve the overall well-being and readiness for school for every St. Johns County child from prenatal development to five years of age and the measurable success of each.  Three areas of emphasis are healthcare support, parent education and childhood education.

Vision

We envision a holistic community endeavor coordinated by INK leveraging organizations and resources to improve children’s overall well- being and school readiness.  Success will be demonstrated by lasting improvement in academic, cognitive, social, emotional and physical domains.

In late 2012, members of the INK's Executive Committee met with Dr. Joyner to discuss areas of focus INK could impact within the District.  During that meeting, Dr. Joyner indicated there are children entering kindergarten unprepared.  INK began discussing how we, as an organization, could have an effect on early education and school readiness.  Committee members watched the following video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DMYnRLpQwJ4&sns=fb and began researching the topic and reaching out to community resources. 

A task force meets regularly to develop a strategic plan.  Prior meetings have consisted of determining what is currently being done to prepare children for kindergarten as well as what needs are not being met.

Resources

Nemours BrightStart! • http://www.readingbrightstart.org/

Head Start • http://eclkc.ohs.acf.hhs.gov/hslc

Voluntary Pre Kindergarten (VPK) Programs • http://www.floridaearlylearning.com/voluntary_pre_k.aspx

VPK On-line Registration • http://www.ecs4kids.org/vpk_reg

Children's Home Services • Healthyfamiliesfla.org

Local Family Fun • www.fun4auggiekids.com

Wildflower Clinic (free dental & medical) • www.goodsamstaug.org

Tax Deductions for Families • https://www.onepricetaxes.com/tax-breaks-for-busy-parents.jsp