ClickN READ Debuts at YMCA Community Learning Center

• July 15, 2004 • Comments (0)

(Lincoln, NE – July 15, 2004) First-graders from Elliot Elementary School will get a jump start on literacy before they head back to school to this fall, thanks to online beginning reading instruction offered through a partnership between California-based ClickN’KIDS and the Lincoln YMCA’s Elliot Community Learning Center.

Twenty-seven first-grade students from the community center’s summer adventure camp will participate in the pilot program, spending thirty minutes three days a week using ClickN’READ, a new online beginning reading program. The new technology is a welcome addition to the summer camp – 87 percent of Elliot Elementary families live at or below poverty level, and more than 40 percent of those move during the school year, making it difficult for some to establish relationships and achieve academic success.

“ClickN’READ will be a great opportunity for our children to learn fundamental reading skills at their own pace with an interactive and fun learning tool,” said Program Director Kiki Haakenstad.

ClickN’KIDS gave the YMCA camp free access to the online software in exchange for their participation as a pilot site.  ClickN’KIDS President Alan Scalone said “The pilot program will help us achieve two important goals – giving underprivileged students the opportunity to learn reading and phonics using the latest technology, while helping ClickN’KIDS introduce their program to the Lincoln Public School System”.

ClickN’READ offers 100 online interactive, animated lessons and more than 10,000 extended learning opportunities for pre-K through 3rd grade students. Authored by University of Nebraska-Lincoln Professor J. Ron Nelson Ph.D., ClickN’READ is firmly rooted in scientifically-based instructional practices and compliant with “No Child Left Behind” reading goals.

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