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Program aims to prep kids for kindergarten

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Hundreds of kids signed up for kindergarten Friday in Quincy, but will they be ready to be in the classroom in the fall?

New numbers show many children won't be, as more kids in Adams County are entering kindergarten not academically prepared.

There's a new program called 'Ready. Set. Grow.' that's looking to help you help your child conquer the classroom.

Becky Lunt has been teaching kindergarten in the Quincy Public School District for 21 years. She says she sees more kids than ever before struggling when they walk in to her classroom each fall.
   
"You see a wide range of kids coming in, some that know zero letters and some that know every letter, every sound, and can read and write," Lunt said.
   
That's why the Adams County Regional office of Education is launching a new program called 'Ready. Set. Grow.' that aims to bridge that gap starting from the day children are born.

An idea Sara Sullens, a Nurse Educator with 'Ready. Set. Grow.', says is key.
   
"Talking to your baby early can help them with their vocabulary. When you talk to a baby, they will try to mouth and say or make their mouth in the shapes of what you are, and that starts right at birth," Sullens said
   
As part of the program new mothers like Christine Borovay get a reading kit that will help them to develop important vocabulary skills for their kids.
   
"You need to describe what you're doing. even when I'm wiping her off just as basic as saying 'oh I know the wipe is cold. Things like that, so I can just explain her actions and my actions," Borovay said.

Borovay says she plans to take full advantage of the program, because she wants baby Ella to succeed later in life.
   
Even though Ella is just two days old, soon enough she'll be off to kindergarten and her mother wants her to be prepared.
   
"It's very important education is a big thing, especially in today's society," Borovay said.   

You don't have to be a new parent to get involved in the 'Ready. Set. Grow.' program.
   
If you want more information on how to get involved contact the Adams County Regional Office of Education at 217-277-2080.

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