Congratulations to Our Wellspring Early Learning Center 2017 Graduates!

Wellspring Family Services is proud to announce the graduation of 16 of our students from the Early Learning Center! These youngsters are homeless or have recently faced homelessness. With their ELC experience, they are better prepared to succeed in kindergarten and beyond.

“Researchers who study pre-K education often find that children who have had early experiences of economic scarcity and insecurity gain more from these programs than their more advantaged peers.”

- The Current State of Scientific Knowledge on Pre-Kindergarten Effects (authors include Deborah Phillips of Georgetown University, Mark W. Lipsey of Vanderbilt, Kenneth Dodge of Duke and Ron Haskins of the Brookings Institution).

Our dedicated Wellspring Early Learning Center teachers, who have worked closely with these graduates, are the best source of information about these youngsters. Here’s what they tell us about the Wellspring ELC Class of 2017:

The children have all grown socially and emotionally and are able to express their wants, needs and other feelings to their teachers and peers. When conflicts arise between peers, the children are able to communicate with each other and are usually able to come to a solution on their own, where both parties feel satisfied with the results. The children take direction well and demonstrate pre-reading, working simple math problems and self-expression in the arts (such as drawing, painting, dancing, and music).









What is “school readiness”?

“For children to succeed in the transition to school, they must be able to: accurately identify emotions in themselves and others, relate to teachers and peers in positive ways, manage feelings of anger, frustration, and distress when faced with emotionally charged situations, enjoy academic learning and approach it enthusiastically, and work attentively, independently, and cooperatively in a structured classroom environment.”

- Knitzer, J. (2002) Ready to Enter – What Research tells Policymakers About Strategies to Promote Social and Emotional School Readiness Among Three-to-Four Year Old Children, NY, NY. National Center for Children in Poverty, Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health.

Wellspring Early Learning Center Graduate Capabilities

Language & Cognitive Skills

• Recognizes own name in print
and attempts to write it

• Expresses ideas others can understand

• Recognizes the beginning sound
of some words

• Recognizes all alphabet letter names

• Uses sentences that include two
or more ideas

• Recognizes some common sight
words like “stop”

• Matches three letters with the
sounds that make a word

• Follows two-step oral directions

• Uses descriptive language

• Tells or retells stories and/or
everyday experiences

Gross & Fine Motor Skills

• Traces on a line

• Enjoys cutting (safely!) with scissors

• Balances on one foot

• Catches a ball with both hands

• Hops and skips


• Counts in sequence 1-10

• Identifies numerals 1-10

• Identifies shapes

• Sorts and classifies

• Understands concepts of none,
some, less, and more

• Counts 4 to 10 objects

• Understands addition and subtraction
(‘give’ and ‘take-away’)


• Gets along with others (parents,
teachers, and peers)

• Identifies and regulates one’s
emotions and behaviors

• Thinks of appropriate solutions to conflict

• Persists on task

• Engages in social conversation
and cooperative play

• Correctly interprets other’s behavior
and emotions

• Feels good about oneself and others