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Reviewer Group

Applicant Organization Name

Project Title/Description

Request Amount

Full Application Notes

Group A

Educational Service District 112

Early Childhood STEM Cooperative (EC STEM CO-OP)

$ 35,000.00

 

North Central Educational Service District

STEM Training and Toolkits for Early Learning Providers

$ 35,000.00

Exceeded 10% Indirect rate

Northwest Educational Service District 189

NW Regional PreK Math Alignment

$ 35,000.00

 

The Child Care Action Council of Thurston County

No Child Left Inside: Taking Science Technology Engineering and Math Out of Doors with Family Child Care

$ 35,000.00

 

United Way Of Pierce County FBO First 5 Fundamentals

PLAYing up STEM

$ 35,000.00

 

Group B

Bremerton School District

Families and Communities Investigating STEM

$ 35,000.00

 

Enterprise For Progress In The Community

Growing Math and Science Skills in Every Day Life at Enterprise for Progress in the Community (EPIC)

$ 35,000.00

 

Praxis Institute For Early Childhood Education

A Culture of STEM: The Praxis-ECE / eMODE Partnership

$ 35,000.00

 

Spokane County Library District

Ready for School with STEM

$ 35,000.00

 

Zeno

MathWays for Early Learning

$ 35,000.00

 


Group B

Grant Applicant: Bremerton School District

STEM Cohort 3 Review – Bremerton School District

ORGANIZATION INFORMATION

Organization:

Bremerton School District

Project Title:

Families and Communities Investigating STEM

Organization Type

Local Government

Ages of Children Served

Request Amount

$35,000

Prenatal

Birth – 1

Age 1

Age 2

Age 3

Age 4

Age 5

Proposed # of children that will be served

700

No

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Proposed # of families that will be served

500

Community Characteristics of Proposed Service Group

Poverty/Low Income,Non-English Speaking,Children with Disabilities


Counties Served

Kitsap County

Race/Ethnicity of Proposed Service Group

American Indian/Alaskan Native Non-Hispanic,Asian Non-Hispanic,Black Non-Hispanic,Multiple Races Non-Hispanic,White Non-Hispanic,Pacific Islander Non-Hispanic,Hispanic



SECTION I: ORGANIZATIONAL BACKGROUND (5 TOTAL POINTS)

Application question

Grantee response

Pts. Possible

Pts. Awarded

Reviewer notes

Organization Background

The Bremerton School District prides itself on meeting the needs of ALL students. Our Early Childhood Care and Education Partnership with area preschools, FREE All-Day Kindergarten Program, Special Education, and Title I Programs have received state and national recognition. After-school and early-morning tutoring programs are available to help students reach both their educational goals and state standards.

Bremerton's District goals are: Hold high expectations for students, staff and parents; Offer options and opportunities for students to achieve; Provide safe, supportive, respectful, informative learning environments for students and staff; Encourage partnerships with families/communities.

The District consists of four elementary schools (grades K-5); One Early Learning Center (grades PS-3), One elementary STEM academy (grades PS-8), One middle school (grades 6-8), One high school (grades 9-12), Two alternative high schools (grades 9-10 & 11-12), and Bremerton Home Link (a K-8 homeschool partnership program).

Bremerton School District was recognized as a Lighthouse District for STEM education for Bremerton High School and West Hills STEM Academy. Visitors come to these two schools to learn first hand how to implement STEM education and see it in action.



5







Organization Total Points

5







Overall points for this section should consider the organization’s capacity to take on the proposed project. There will be an opportunity to consider the other demographic and number of participants in future sections.

SECTION II: PROJECT DESCRIPTION (13 POINTS TOTAL)

Application Question

Grantee Response

Pts. Possible

Pts. Awarded

Reviewer Notes

Describe the need your project will address

Our community needs include:

Family reading preferences

Children entering kindergarten: 65% attended preschool, 27% without preschool, remainder are unknown or out of state

Low math: 66% at benchmark on state assessment

Low vocabulary: 30% at benchmark on 2014 picture vocabulary

Misconceptions about STEM and Early Childhood

STEM concepts are new to early childhood and few truly understand its potential to positively impact children. However, many misconceptions with STEM for young children exist, such as questions on how young children learn, appropriateness to teach and value of STEM at this age, and that copious complex materials are required for implementation, (Boeing PreK STEM Grant survey 2011-112). Our project addresses these misconceptions and integrates STEM into activities throughout the day. Per preschool teacher report, our families prefer reading fiction to their children and do not understand the impact informational text can have on children's development. Research indicates that preschool math skills are predictive of 3rd grade academic success, (Duncan, G.; DOE U of CA, Sept. 2011).

With these family practices, math and vocabulary scores and a Free and Reduced Lunch rate of 63.7%, our children are at risk! By addressing these community needs, this grant will help to mitigate these risk factors!




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Describe the project for which you are requesting funds, and explain how your project addresses the need described above

Our project will be developed and revised within the context of our early learning community organization, Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE). This partnership endeavors to expand quality early childhood programs for children three to five years old. All childcare centers, faith-based programs, federal and state funded preschools (Head Start/ECEAP) and in-home childcare in Bremerton are invited to join. Directors meet monthly to review research, examine data and determine needs of teachers and children; then teachers participate in monthly Professional Development based on those findings. The goal is to provide programs with the knowledge, skills, and resources so children enter kindergarten with skills necessary to succeed in early literacy, early numeracy and now based on latest research, focus and self-control (Ellen Galinsky, Mind in the Making).

Teachers have received training in Preschool STEM concepts, but for progression from simply doing STEM activities to incorporating a STEM philosophy in their classrooms, teachers need more Professional Development, resources and intentional strategies on how to include STEM throughout their daily schedules. This project meets ECCE identified needs and teachers are highly motivated to participate.

This project consists of multiple components: Creating a math book for classroom teachers and a math book for families; adding STEM books to our backpack system, and increasing outreach to families.

The Classroom Math book will include early learning activities that can be incorporated into the daily schedule. To create a solid foundation, activities will be created based on current early childhood research of foundational math skills progression, ie: number sense, counting and problem solving. These activities will be intentionally incorporated into typical classroom activities such as block play, snack, outside, and free choice time. The book format will enable teachers to select activities based on skills they would like to teach and when they would like to use the activity. These activities use materials typically found in preschool classrooms.

The Family Math Book would provide early math concepts and activities so families can practice them in a variety of locations: at home, traveling in a car or bus, walking, and outside. These activities would use materials that would typically be found in each location.

STEM books would be added to our backpack system. Currently backpacks have 4 books targeting different skills: rhyming, ABC's, miscellaneous early learning concepts, and vocabulary. Weekly, children check out a backpack; take it home to read together and check out another backpack. This grant would provide a fifth book on STEM concepts; providing our families and children with more background knowledge and serving as a starting point to promote additional STEM topics.



PlaySchool is one method of outreach to families whose children are not in Preschool or Childcare. It is 1.5 hours monthly. Per end of year survey, families were eager to return. With this grant we would add another session each month and expand outreach to families without preschool or childcare. Our Community Connection Posters will be displayed in local businesses to suggest ways to incorporate STEM activities into families' daily activities.


5







How many children will be served by this project?

700

3*







How many parents will be served by this project?

500

How many childcare professional will be served by this project?

75

Project Description Total Points

13








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