Kids at The Dairy is an arts education program designed to introduce preschool and kindergarten children from Title I Schools in Boulder County to live performances across disciplines while closing the achievement gap and making access to the arts more available to at-risk children. 65% of the participating students are enrolled in the free/reduced lunch program.
Goals of Kids at The Dairy:
Increase arts education opportunities for students from Title I schools in the Boulder Valley School District.
Increase literacy for Title I students – every child gets to take a book home to add to their library
Provide no-cost access to arts education experiences for Title I students.
Title I Schools that have participated:
Alicia Sanchez Elementary
Escuela Bilingue Pioneer Elementary
University Hill Elementary
Number of Children Impacted:
Since the Kids at The Dairy program was started in February 2014, we have completed 14 programs and have impacted 840 kindergartners in the Boulder Valley School District.
"I want to send my most sincere thanks and gratitude to The Dairy Center and the Boulder Ballet for hosting Sanchez Elementary recently for 'Kids at The Dairy'. I am the mother of one of the kindergarten children that had the privilege of having this experience.
This was a once in a lifetime, unforgettable experience for the little ones. Sanchez is filled with wonderful, bright, adorable children. Unfortunately most of these children live below the poverty level. While that fact in no way diminishes their incredible worth, it also reflects on the issue that the average family at Sanchez cannot afford to attend events that expose their children to the incredible world of 'the arts'.
The Dairy Center has recognized this need, and provides , free of charge, a day to these young students. That is incredible. The Dairy Center selflessly emerged these children in an afternoon filled with an all encompassing tour through many forms of art.
Thank you, again, for hosting 'Kids at The Dairy' I hope that the donors that support this program continue their generosity. The future of the arts depend on igniting the fire in our youth, and that is exactly what this program does".
- Jennifer Williams, Teacher, Alicia Sanchez Elementary
Collaborators & Sponsors:
Barrio E’, Collins Foundation, McTeggart Irish Dancers,
and Mentor Graphics Foundation