Who to Contact

Lynnette Marshall
Nyack Basics Coordinator
(845) 353-7062

Dr. Winsome Gregory
Asst. Superintendent Curriculum, Instruction & Personnel
(845) 353-7052 

Nyack Basics LogoThe Nyack Basics are five evidence-based parenting and care-giving principles that help our children grow and thrive to become the happiest and most successful they can be!  Learn more about the The Five Principles (en Espanol), (an Kreyol).   

The Nyack Basics Campaign is helping to ensure all parents and caregivers know what they can do for babies to learn and thrive. with a community goal: "All Students Read by 3rd Grade".  This District-lead, community-wide initiative seeks collaborative partners with the business, civic and faith communities, preschools, libraries, community centers, elected officials. We are an active member of a national campaign conceived by the Achievement Gap Initiative at Harvard University.  

 Visualizing Nyack Basics 

Our Vision for All Children

The Basics logoKindergarten Readiness & Reading on Level by 3rd Grade

The correlation between students’ failure to read by the end of the 3rd grade and involvement in the criminal justice system is undeniable. Students who are unable to read by the end of the third grade are also four to six times less likely to graduate high school. High school drop-outs are 63% more likely to be incarcerated than college graduates and 85% of all youths who interface with the juvenile courts have been found to be functionally illiterate (Northeastern University, 2009). Ultimately, the school to prison pipeline and mass incarceration devastate lives and cost the government over $182 billion every year (Wagner & Rabuy, 2017).

All students reading by the third grade on a national level would save billions of dollars, disrupt the school to prison pipeline and enable us to prepare students to succeed in a global economy. Ultimately, it is a moral imperative that all students have equitable opportunity to pursue their aspirations in an increasingly complex world.

To learn more, visit the Nyack Basics Video Library (An Kreyol).

The Five Principles

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