ESLC's future

Linda Rossman Higher GroundESLC has been through a lot of change recently, and that change will continue. Some nonprofit leaders claim that an organization that stays the same will close its doors.

If we've learned anything this past year, we've learned that change is inevitable. Long-time partners have new leaders, new literacy coaches, and new ideas about how tutoring should work. ESLC's model was the absolute right model for the period in which we worked these past 18 years. However, we are being challenged to change, so we will pivot, but the core of what we do will remain the same.

ESLC core values will remain as they are because they have endured the test of time, and reflect the values inherited from the School Sisters of Notre Dame, our founders. 

The strategic directions will remain the same as well. In line with the strategic directions, ESLC's Board of Directors voted to acquire the AARP Foundation Experience Corps Twin Cities program, which has also been feeling the impact of change. In the end, the recent acquisition makes it possible to respond the needs of our partners while serving more children! To learn more about the acquisition, see the press release

In line with the strategic plan, we will tutor elementary children and serve as many as the budget allows. Preventing children from falling behind is another strategy the ESLC Board of Directors adopted in 2012 in order to help more children succeed in school. Minnesota and national data demonstrate that children who start Kindergarten with foundational literacy skills outperform those who aren’t reading ready. School readiness in general, and literacy readiness, in particular, must be built into the earliest years of life.

That’s why ESLC has been focusing on serving more Kindergarten children and launched its Summer Jump Start Literacy Camps to help Pre-K and Kindergarten children be school ready. A year ago, ESLC started Pre-K tutoring to continue its focus on prevention as well as intervention. This year, we expanded Pre-K program to another site, Bruce F. Vento Elementary. As ESLC expansion continues into earlier years, we envision a major emphasis upon parent involvement. The staff is working to restructure the Parents and Children Together (PACT) program to better align with the needs of families. 

As we plan forward, feel free to reach out and share your ideas on how to help another generation of children learn to love reading! Post comments and ideas below!