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Power of Movement

This Project will undertake a preliminary investigation to examine the influence of the KiDsGyM USA® curriculum on school readiness measures.
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Dayna Campbell

on 18 October 2016

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Transcript of Power of Movement

MISSION
PHILOSOPHY
Our philosophy is to expose children to a multitude of experiences that:

Build their confidence and self-esteem,
Increase their focus and concentration,
Make them stronger and more flexible,
Help them learn to positively interact with their peers
Develop coordination and agility for any and all sports.

APPROACH
A unique and innovative element of KiDsGyM USA® is its use of structured educational gymnastics training. In contrast with traditional gymnastics programs, structured educational gymnastics training emphasizes body management of children as opposed to competitive preparation. Thus, the goal of the program is to not only improve gross motor skills, which influences neurological pathways, but also strengthen cognitive and social-emotional connections.
HISTORY
In 1983, Tracy and Stephanie Campbell, the founders of KiDsGyM USA®, pioneered a preschool motor development program through gymnastics; and in 1987, they created an after-school “tumbling program” for public housing community youth in metropolitan Atlanta. Tracy and Stephanie Campbell are experts in the field of Early Movement Education and are leaders in innovative programming for pre-kindergarteners and school-age youth.
ACCOMPLISHMENTS
OUR GOALS
The purpose of THIS project is to expand the KiDsGyM USA ® curriculum throughout Georgia and to evaluate its affect on school readiness for PreK children. The curriculum covers the major areas for assessing school readiness, specifically three domains of gross motor development, executive functioning (cognitive control) and social-emotional/behavioral development, in Pre-K students (ages 3 and 4 years).
KiDsGyM USA® is a 501(C) 3 organization that was created to develop physical and mental awareness in youth using structured gymnastics training. The mission of this organization is to put fitness principles into practice through gymnastics and educational programs that build healthy mental and physical lifestyles for children and youth. These positive habits are expected to remain with our youth throughout their lives.
In April 1988, KiDsGyM USA® was awarded the Certificate of Appreciation in Drug Prevention and Education from the U. S. Department of Justice, Drug Enforcement Agency.
In 1991, President George Bush appointed us the “506th Daily Point of Light for the Nation”.
We received the ‘President’s Volunteer Action Award’ from President Bill Clinton; and
The J. C. Penny Golden Rule Award,
We have been recognized by USA Gymnastics for their commitment to youth development.
KiDsGyM USA® has received Proclamations from the City of Atlanta and from Fulton County as GOODWILL AMBASSADORS, and
Has received endorsements from Governor Zell Miller, Governor Roy Barnes, and Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, U.S. Senator Sam Nunn, Congressman David Scott, and Congressman John Lewis. We were one of the first participants of the First Lady, Michelle Obama, Let’s Move Initiative.
The future of a productive and civic society depends on the potential of its children. America is one of the wealthiest nations in the world, yet 15 million children live in poverty, more than 11 million have no health insurance, 40% enter kindergarten unprepared, and 20% suffer from preventable mental problems. These barriers hold back individual children and families, and they threaten to erode the very fabric of the society in which we live.
RATIONALE
The target population served is low-income families; typically single family households with median incomes of less than $20,000 annually. Our targeted population is Head Start participants living in inner city communities of Atlanta. The population represents 95% African American children and the balance Hispanic and Caucasian with approximately 60% male and 40% female between the ages of two and 5 years.
Target Population
"Investing in quality early childhood development for disadvantaged children from birth through age 5 will help prevent achievement deficits and produce better education, health, social and economic outcomes. In fact, every dollar invested in quality early childhood development for disadvantaged children produces a 7-10 percent return, per child, per year."

Professor James Heckman,
Nobel prize winner.
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