Come meet Elmo TONIGHT!

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 19th, 2019 FROM 5:00 – 7:30 P.M.

Come join Soar in 4 for our second Summer Learning event in partneship with WEDU PBS and PBS KIDS!

Come and take a family picture with ELMO and then visit our tinkering and movement areas. Each of these nights are connected to classroom learning and will help your child to be better prepared to begin school in August. So, come out to play, explore and learn with us!

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Soar in 4 Summer Program

Join Soar in 4 for a series of special summer learning celebrations in partnership with WEDU PBS and PBS KIDS this Summer and select Saturdays during the 2019-2020 school year! These FREE events will be held at the Bishop Museum of Science and Nature and Manatee County Central Library, and feature fun, educational activities for children and families, great take-home materials, and meet-and-greet appearances by your favorite PBS KIDS characters! Visit our calendar for all dates and locations.

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New Summer Soar in 4 and 2019-20 Program Schedules Available!

Come Play, Learn and Explore!

Free for all PreK through 3rd Grade Families!

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Find us in the June/July 2019 Issue of NEXTGEN Magazine!

Soar in 4 is featured in the June-July 2019 Issue of NextGen Magazine!

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We are in the News!

Find the article and watch the video on MySuncoast ABC 7!

Program aims to bring elementary school students to proficient reading levels

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Ms. Luanne's Front Porch

A new series of video episodes designed to help children and their families to imagine, explore and develop the skills they will need for learning.

Each segment highlights a Neighborhood Hero and takes the viewer on a virtual field trip to connect the family to a local high school.

Ms. Luanne's Video Library

Parent Resources

The Soar in 4 Program provides numerous resources to help parents achieve success in family and career endeavors. Browse our parent resource library to see the variety of opportunities we have to offer!

Parent Resource Library

The STEAM Machine

You are invited to participate in this great opportunity to capture kids’ interest through engaging learning experiences.

Our STEAM Machine will come to you! We will provide one hour sessions inside your classroom that focus on Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and/or Mathematics. 

Beginning July 11th

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Volunteers and Facilitators Needed!

Have a big heart and like to work with children? Volunteer with Soar in 4!

We also need Soar in 4 Facilitators!  If you have a passion to help children and empower families, we might have a position for you as a Soar in 4 Facilitator!

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Soar in 4

Soar In 4 ensures children from families of all races, ethnicities, incomes, abilities, and languages have the support they need for healthy growth, development and school readiness. 

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What is Soar in 4?

Soar in 4 is Manatee County’s movement to ensure all 4 year olds and their families have the opportunities and support they need for success in preschool, school and beyond. We are transforming neighborhoods through conversations and leveraging community resources to create generational change, educational success and economic stability.  

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Soar in 4

The Soar in 4 Program


Soar in 4 launched 5 innovative strategies that are transforming Manatee’s approach to early childhood education and school readiness.

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Through a community based multi-part planning process, we identified, defined and implemented a shared neighborhood vision.

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Helpful resources related to our initiatives: Parent Leadership Models, Program Quality Improvement Models, Health Screenings and more.

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A legacy of progress. Through these efforts Soar in 4 has catalyzed neighborhood conversations and sparked new thinking about school readiness.

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School Communities We Serve

The Soar in 4 Program serves 8 high need school zones, but plans expanding to cover all of Manatee County’s Title I elementary schools by 2022. For more information or to learn how to enroll your family in the program, contact your zoned school.

Ballard Elementary School

Mike Masiello, Principal

912 18th Street West
Bradenton,FL 34205

(941) 708-8400

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Blackburn Elementary School

Latrina Singleton, Principal

3904 17th Street East
Palmetto, FL 34221

(941) 723-4800

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Bayshore Elementary School

Jackie West, Principal

6120 26th Street West
Bradenton, FL 34207

(941) 751-7000

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Oneco Elementary School

Ronnie King, Principal

5214 22nd Street Court East
Bradenton, FL 34203

(941) 751-7018

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Palm View Elementary School

Kaththea Johnson, Principal

6025 Bayshore Road
Palmetto, FL 34221

(941) 723-4812

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Rogers Garden-Bullock Elementary School

Pat Stream, Principal

515 13th Ave West
Bradenton, FL 34205

(941) 209-7540

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Samoset Elementary School

Marybeth Mason, Principal

3300 19th Street East
Bradenton, FL 34209

(941) 708-6400

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Sea Breeze Elementary School

Greg Sander, Principal

3601 71st Street West
Bradenton, FL 34209

(941) 741-3190

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