YAKIMA, Wash- Yakima's "Ready by 5" program just received a $379, 217 grant for migrant education.
The Migrant Education Even Start grant will pay for adult literacy such as English as a second language classes, computer literacy, and parent classes. A spokesperson for "Ready by Five" says the goal is to create sustainable education, meaning parents learn how to teach and support their children, and then keep that learning going with future children.
"The big thing with this is the simultaneous early learning childhood education which means the parents go through one door and the kids go through another door and there's intentional curriculum for both parents and children", says Elizabeth Mendoza, a community outreach coordinator for "Ready by Five".
Another component of the grant is the evaluation. The grant is initially for one year, and has the possibility of being renewed based on how the program performs. "Ready by Five" has hired WSU to handle that evaluation.
Migrant families are defined as those where parent shave to leave the school district to find work in agriculture or fisheries. About 45 to 60 of those families are expected to be served by the grant.
Ready by Five has moved to a new office at 414 N. 3rd St. in Yakima. If you want more information about their services contact 509-454-2943.