Sangamon Success removes educational barriers for young children

The Continuum of Learning is a partnership established by the Community Foundation for the Land of Lincoln, The Greater Springfield Chamber of Commerce, United Way of Central Illinois, and Center for State Policy and Leadership on the Springfield Campus of the University of Illinois.  Sangamon Success, which started in 2015, is a way to help less-advantaged children in the Springfield area to obtain skills they need for continued success. Sangamon Success consists of 25 recommendations developed by local educational experts based on what research says works and the experiences of local schools, and non-profit agencies. Since all 25 recommendations cannot be pursued at the same time, the Coordinating Council of the Continuum of Learning has identified five goals, consisting of nine recommendations, as the initial priorities for Sangamon Success. 

The first goal is to increase the number of less advantaged children participating in and benefiting from the most effective early home visiting programs by implementing the Nurse-Family Partnership. This program was approved to begin in Springfield this past January and is being operated at SIU Medicine’s Center for Family Medicine. This evidence-based, community health program helps low-income, first-time pregnant women and their babies. SIU nurses will provide home visits and support to 100 women in Sangamon County. Providers will work with a variety of community organizations to help these families improve their health, education, and economic self-sufficiency.

The second goal is to increase the number of school-aged children participating in and benefiting from effective mentoring programs by improving the capacity of mentoring providers to use best practices, data, and evaluation to enhance their effectiveness. Innovate Springfield, in coordination with Sangamon Success, is hosting a Mentoring Summit on June 14 from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. at Memorial’s Center for Learning & Innovation (228 West Miller Street, Springfield, IL 62702). This is a free event and is intended for individuals and organizations where youth mentoring takes place formally or informally.  Whether your program is school-based, faith-based, or community-based, all are welcome. Here is the link to register to attend the summit. If you are seeking additional information about this event please refer to this link.

If you are interested in hearing more about the Sangamon Success recommendations, please refer to the website atwww.continuumoflearning.org.  If you have any questions about Sangamon Success and/or the Continuum of Learning, contact Sarah Graham at (217) 525-1173 or sgraham@gscc.org