Why did our community need Osceola Reads?
In Fall 2014, only 13% of kindergarten students in Osceola County scored proficient on their kindergarten readiness assessment. The Osceola County School District leadership recognized this problem. If students were not prepared to come into school, they would continuously be “catching up” rather than moving forward.
In 2015, the Osceola County School District piloted Footsteps2Brilliance in VPK classrooms during their summer programming. They also trained all reading coaches and teachers to implement the program in their VPK through 3rd grade classrooms.
Along with Footsteps2Brilliance being available to all Osceola County School District students, Osceola Reads’ goal is to spread awareness of the importance of early childhood literacy and help prepare children to be “reading ready.” By providing parents and teachers with resources such as blogs, videos, and downloadables, we can assure that children are prepared for their first day of kindergarten.