Cayce: Camp K success provides 'ready momentum'

Robin Cayce

We think of summer as a time of childhood bliss, filled with swimming and riding bikes and taking fun vacations. But it is also a crucial time to continue teaching and preparing our youngest learners to be classroom-ready when they enter kindergarten. Unfortunately, many children are not afforded that opportunity.

As the summer months come to a close and school is back in session, we celebrate the successes from the first year of Camp K, Hamilton County School's free kindergarten readiness program in partnership with Chattanooga 2.0, La Paz, First Things First, Read 20, the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga and Chattanooga State Community College, along with more than a dozen other community partners. And what a success it was!

Across 13 district schools during the month of June, more than 200 of our youngest learners, many of whom live within the Opportunity Zone, participated in this free full-day program taught by Hamilton County teachers.