The Boys & Girls Clubs of Ada County has expanded its Year One Program in Meridian and Garden City to help more kids be successful in kindergarten. Armed with an $80,000 grant from the Laura Moore Cunningham Foundation and other community support, the club is planning to update the classrooms. It has hired as director Stephanie Lovell, who has more than five years of youth development experience and a BAS in early childhood development.
“Too many Ada County children are entering kindergarten without the basic skills needed to be successful. Most have not had access to high-quality early learning opportunities and quickly find themselves falling behind,” Lovell said in a news release. “The Boys & Girls Clubs Year One Program hopes to help these kids catch up and reemphasize what they are learning in school. Equally important is to help kids with their social skills like sharing, caring, patience, and tolerance through direction and role modeling.”
The Year One program is a structured, youth development program for the Club’s youngest members and is designed to allow kids to explore the club at their own pace in a low-risk, safe environment with plenty of one-on-one attention. The program has 20 kids enrolled and is growing.