Community Programs

Community Programs (5 items)

LDA Minnesota's community-based programs are instructional services offered through partnerships with community agencies and local schools serving children and youth at risk for academic failure in the metro area. LDA Minnesota also engages in Public Education and Outreach to help raise awareness about learning disabilities and other learning difficulties.

LDA Minnesota provided math, reading and science interventions to 150 students at three schools in Minneapolis this summer to help them maintain academic skills between school years. This work is part of LDA's Learning Connections program, which provides intensive intervention instruction to students who are behind grade level.

LDA Minnesota's Public Education and Outreach is provided through its communication materials, information and referral services, educational conferences, and seminars. LDA Minnesota's goal is to provide quality information and training to parents, teachers, professionals, and the general public on learning disabilities (LD) and other learning difficulties.

Building Successful Readers

“The single most significant factor influencing a child’s early educational success is an introduction to books and being read to at home prior to beginning school.” —National Commission on Reading

The Early Literacy program at LDA Minnesota is based on early childhood research. The program prepares parents to support their child’s early reading skill development through workshops, practical hands-on strategies, and literacy materials. It provides childcare professionals with training and materials to encourage parents’ efforts at home and to incorporate early literacy strategies throughout their program. Raising A Reader is our take-home book bag program to support early literacy.

Helping Families Support School Success

Research shows that parents’ involvement with their child’s learning is key to a child’s academic success. The Parents as Partners program empowers parents to become more involved and better equipped to support their children’s learning.

Parents as Partners will access parents’ existing strengths by first helping parents identify what they already do that is working to support their child. The program builds parent confidence to use their own strategies and then empowers them with new tools, strategies, skills, and practical information sensitive to their culture and life situations.

The Learning Connections program is an 18-year-old collaborative partnership with Twin Cities communities and elementary schools with the shared goal of promoting learning success for children who are well below grade level and at-risk for academic failure. To date, thousands of urban students have been able to succeed in school thanks to the Learning Connections program.