PALMDALE – Palmdale School District Superintendent Raúl Maldonado and Palmdale Mayor Jim Ledford held an Innovation Summit recently to unveil the “Palmdale Promise: Early Learning Literacy Initiative.”
“The Palmdale Promise: Early Learning Literacy Initiative represents a commitment to our families that all Palmdale students will be able to read by third grade,” Maldonado said. “We are preparing our future leaders before they take their first step into the classroom.”
Through the Palmdale Promise, families that live in zip codes 93550, 93551, and 93552 gain free access to the Footsteps2Brilliance Early Literacy App in English and Spanish.
Footsteps2Brilliance provides a curriculum of more than 1,000 books, songs and interactive games that can be accessed with or without an Internet connection. Since its initial launch in October, registered users in the city of Palmdale have already read 6 million words, officials said.
“We are leading the way in reducing the vocabulary and oral language gap in at-risk children while accelerating literacy skills for more advanced students,” Maldonado said.
“I commend Superintendent Maldonado for his vision in bringing us together to support this innovative initiative for Palmdale children. Our success will have a lasting impact on the city infrastructure,” Ledford said.
“We believe this will be a powerful model for districts across the nation to follow,” added Ilene Rosenthal, CEO of Footsteps2Brilliance.