ABOUT US

Kids on Course is a non-profit program in Cedar Rapids, Iowa in collaboration with the Cedar Rapids Community School District, administered by United Way of East Central Iowa, and funded by the Zach Johnson Foundation. Kids on Course inspires in students the confidence to realize their academic and individual potential by providing creative and inventive opportunities that connect students and families to the community, schools, and higher learning. Kids on Course is currently based at three elementary schools in Cedar Rapids: Grant, Harrison and Van Buren.

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WHAT WE DO

ENRICHMENT

Collaborate with artists, athletes, and creatives to improve students’ self-efficacy, resiliency, academic achievement, and engagement in school.

SUPPORT LEARNING

Provide academic support
and resources to teachers,
parents and students
to ensure all students
are on the
path to college.

FAMILY ENGAGEMENT

Provide an avenue through which families can become positively connected to school and community and engaged in their student’s learning.

ADDRESS BARRIERS

Connect schools and families to community resources to ensure that students are physically, socially, and emotionally ready to learn.

“Doing whatever it takes so students
achieve their dreams and succeed.”

HOW WE DO IT

How we provide enrichment
Enrichment
How We Support Student Learning
Learning
HOW WE ENGAGE OUR FAMILIES
Family
How we address barriers
Address Barriers
Kids on Course University
Learning
Prep 1 Reading Intervention Video
Learning

321

Enrolled Students

3

Elementary Schools

5

Full-time Staff

500

Hours of Enrichment

 

  • Students who attended our 2014 Kids on Course University (Academic Summer Day Camp) increased their reading by 15%, improved their writing by 62% and their math scores by 129%.

    Support Student Learning
  • In the 2013-2014 school year, 76% of 2nd, 3rd and 4th graders at Harrison and Van Buren participated in an after-school offering from Kids on Course. 118 of Kids on Course students don’t participate in other clubs, teams, groups or troops outside of Kids on Course, often due to financial limitations.

    ENRICHMENT

OUR TEAM

BETH MALICKI
Kids on Course Program Leader beth.malicki@uweci.org / 319.213.6761
Jaimen Pangborn
Van Buren Site Manager jaimen.pangborn@uweci.org / 319.431.7515
Hannah White
Harrison Site Manager hannah.white@uweci.org / 319.329.7094
DAVID SAVINO
Grant Elementary Site Manager david.savino@uweci.org / 319-440-7264
CLAUDIA COVARRUBIAS
Van Buren Site Coordinator claudia.covarrubias@uweci.org / 431-4538
TYLER ZARUBA
Harrison Site Coordinator tyler.zaruba@uweci.org / 563-219-2915

 

 

  • The Zach Johnson Foundation started Kids on Course and funds the program. Zach Johnson grew up in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and he and  his wife, Kim, are dedicated to supporting families so their kids can lead awesome lives. Because of the Zach Johnson Foundation, Kids on Course staff do not fund raise, they devote all their time delivering on our promise.

    ZACH JOHNSON FOUNDATION
  • The Cedar Rapids Community School District provides guidance and access for Kids on Course. The district’s partnership allows better alignment with learning expectations and provides in-kind space. Without the district, our strategies would take years, rather than months, to implement.

    CEDAR RAPIDS COMMUNITY SCHOOL DISTRICT
  • The United Way of East Central Iowa is the fiscal agent and employee of record for Kids on Course. The United Way brings expertise in the areas of resiliency and connecting to community partners as well as being the administrative element of the program. 

    UNITED WAY OF EAST CENTRAL IOWA

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