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First Steps

Early childhood experts work in kindergartens in the socio-economic periphery, helping 50 children prepare for first grade both educationally and emotionally. Netanya


Many kindergarten children (5-6 years old) scheduled to start school the following year are not sufficiently prepared. They lack the necessary gross and fine motor skills, pre-reading abilities, number recognition, as well as the skills to cope with emotional/social demands. Their parents may be unable to offer the support and assistance the children need, thus leading to a growing gap between these children and their more advantaged peers. The project includes weekly sessions designed to prepare the children for first grade, thereby reducing the school readiness gap and giving them a better chance for academic success.



Improve children's school readiness, preparing them for first grade both emotionally and educationally



50 Preschool children aged 5-6 participated in the 2022-2023 project.

  • The professional and kindergarten teachers feel that all the children cooperate with the activity and the teacher. They are very motivated and come willingly.
  • The activity improves their self-confidence and their ability to study.
  • The activity enriches the children and gets contact and skills they use out of the activity.


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