Early Steps to School Success (ESSS)

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About This Program

Target Population: Families living in rural, geographically isolated communities

For children/adolescents ages: 0 – 5

For parents/caregivers of children ages: 0 – 5

Brief Description

ESSS provides parent education and support, home visiting and pre-literacy and language development services for families in rural, geographically isolated communities. ESSS is a model designed to be culturally relevant and provide early childhood education services to pregnant women and children from birth to age five, education services to parents, and ongoing staff training to community early childhood educators. It not only recognizes the essential role families have in preparing their children for school, but also reinforces parents’ roles as advocates in raising awareness for community-wide efforts that support school readiness. It does this through community collaboration and by creating strong connections between parents and the schools their children will attend.

Program Goals:

The overall goals of Early Steps to School Success (ESSS) are:

  • Children will enter school with the skills necessary for school success
  • Parents will have the knowledge and skills to support their children’s education
  • Home/school connections will be strong
  • Early childhood knowledge and skills in communities will be significantly increased

Contact Information

Natalie Vega O'Neil
Agency/Affiliation: Save the Children
Website: www.savethechildren.org/site/c.8rKLIXMGIpI4E/b.8193011/k.4505/Early_Steps_to_School_Success.htm
Phone: (203) 341-8279
Fax: (559) 475-0241

Date Research Evidence Last Reviewed by CEBC: March 2014

Date Program Content Last Reviewed by Program Staff: February 2017

Date Program Originally Loaded onto CEBC: August 2010