Goal: Every child succeeds academically through support in and out of school.
Increase 3rd grade reading proficiency from XX% in spring of 2021 to XX% by spring of 2025.
Decrease the number of D’s and F’s in math of 7th and 8th graders by 50% by the end of the 2021-2022 school year.
The MCSD Coordinated Services group decided to focus on increasing family and student access to supportive community services. After journey mapping how families have to navigate services in our community, the group decided to focus on two areas. The first was having community services available at food pantry nights that are located at the MCSD Administration Center. The second developing a resource guide for parents when they enter the district.
The group was able to organize some community organizations to attend food pantry nights. However, as coronavirus hit our community the group’s focus changed to meeting immediate needs. One of the immediate needs of families identified by district staff was that families were having a hard time purchasing cleaning and hygiene supplies. Through a partnership with many community organizations the group was able to get supplies out to 50 families.
As the school year approached, the group focused on meeting families needs regarding child care if there was an elementary school closure and ensuring that all students had access to the internet in their home. The group expanded to include local employers, Muscatine Power and Water, and child care providers. Three child care providers (Muscatine YMCA, Bridge to Beginnings, and The Salvation Army) are ready to accept elementary students if there is a school closure. There is also a plan to provide internet access to families either via Muscatine Power and Water or hot spots to households outside of the MPW service area.
MCSD Coordinated Services Members:
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Muscatine County
Community Foundation of Greater Muscatine
Department of Human Services
Flickinger Learning Center
ISU Extension and Outreach Muscatine County
Juvenile Court Services
Lutheran Services in Iowa
Muscatine Center for Social Actions
Muscatine Community School Dictrict
Muscatine Community YMCA
Muscatine Police Department
Musser Public Library
United Way of Muscatine
UnityPoint Public Health