IBM has awarded 11 KidSmart Early Learning computers to Every Child/Every Promise (ECEP), an initiative that works in strategic alliance with the Community Foundation of Greater Dubuque.
The KidSmart computers provide interactive learning activities for pre-kindergarten curricula. The Community Foundation, ECEP and IBM have worked to distribute the computers to nonprofit childcare centers serving Dubuque’s most at-risk children and are currently offering training on the units. Each computer is equipped with software that teaches socializations skills along with some math, science and language skills.
“The Community Foundation and Every Child/Every Promise are excited to partner with IBM on this project,” said Eric Dregne, vice president of strategic initiatives at the Community Foundation. “These computers are excellent tools to boost school readiness and the kids love using them.”
Two YMCA centers, Creative Learning Center and Kids of the Kingdom, were among 10 area childcare centers benefited by the donation.
“Young Explorers gives children access to technology that they might not otherwise have at home,” said YMCA Preschool Coordinator Viki Gassman. “It’s really a great asset.”
ECEP works to ensure young people in Dubuque receive five promises—Caring Adults, Safe Places, a Healthy Start, Effective Education and Opportunities to Serve. IBM’s award supports the school readiness focus area of Dubuque’s Campaign for Grade-Level Reading, which is facilitated by ECEP.