The $15,000 from the Seabury Foundation will fund a pilot of the new Learning Basket School Readiness curriculum in two settings. The first would be in a low income Chicago early childhood classroom setting, with trained Learning Basket practitioners working with the readiness materials with four- and five-year-olds. The second setting would be in a Learning Basket Parent Group, with parents of four- and five-year-olds learning how to use the approach at home with their children. The ICA will select the pilot sites based on two main criteria: the settings compatibility with the program, and their ability to contribute to the program’s success.
Throughout 2011 and 2012, the Learning Basket team focused on the development of a school readiness curriculum for four- and five-year-olds, their parents, and their caregivers. This work was based in the concepts that guide the original Learning Basket approach, including those of imaginal education and transformational learning.
The Seabury Foundation is a philanthropic organization that supports programs in arts and culture; health; conservation and the environment; human capacity building; children, youth and families; and education. This was the third grant the ICA has received from the Foundation.