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A critical part of this program was the education of parents, who learned how to use iPads and to develop their own English language skills while helping their children complete assignments. Through this program, parents became knowledgeable and confident of their abilities to participate in their child’s education.Over the course of the pilot program, reading comprehension scores increased from 58.5% to 76.4%. Through this program, parents became knowledgeable and confident of their abilities to participate in their child’s education. Over the course of the pilot program, reading comprehension scores increased from 58.5% to 76.4% education.
Expansion of the Digital Early Learning Initiative
Learning came alive for this Yountville first grader when his teacher introduced him to an iPad and he discovered how it could help him learn reading and math.
NapaLearns invests in seed funding and evaluating innovative learning programs followed by expansion and sustainability supported by district funding. This approach was wildly successful with the DEL program as districts and NapaLearns co-funded teacher professional development, acquisition of devices, digital curriculum, and parent training over the next four years until every preschool through 2nd grade classroom had fully engaged teachers and students.
- In 2011-2012, the program was expanded to 210 kindergarten students at seven schools in 13 classes in Napa Valley, St. Helena, and Calistoga schools.
- In 2012-2013, the program expanded to 590 kindergarten students in 40 classes, including Howell Mountain and Pope Valley schools. The number of English Language Learners who performed at a six year old level grew by 35%, with 80% of them performing at that level in only 5 months. Students in first grade were using iPads and digital curriculum, including story writing tools and math games.
- In 2014-2015, all preschool – 2nd grade classrooms in the county with 4,950 students and 195 teachers were using DEL tools and curriculum. Teachers reported that the achievement gap is closing and they are seeing 3rd graders, especially ELL and disadvantaged children who have been in the program since kindergarten, performing better than ever before.
- In 2015-2016, NapaLearns continues to support the Napa County Office of Education’s 23 preschool classrooms with 410 students, 78% of whom are English Language Learners and live in poverty. NapaLearns co-funds teacher professional development, parent training, digital curriculum, and digital devices for families through our Tech Connection.
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- NapaLearns and the NCOE also make Footsteps2Brilliance available to all Napa County parents of preschoolers and as of September 2015, over 1300 children have experienced almost 20 million words while reading books and playing games! Click here for more information.
- In 2015 the Napa County Office of Education in collaboration with NapaLearns won the eSchool News Collaboration Nation contest and was awarded the Grand Prize of $50,000 of equipment and services!