Children who participate in Key to Me make amazing strides in social and emotional learning competencies including self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, responsible decision making, and relationship skills. As they learn the vocabulary of feelings, they begin to recognize their own inner strengths and to appreciate the role of the community in their lives as well as their role in the community.
We measure growth in each child with semi-annual assessments. Parent assessments indicate that:
- 100% would recommend Key to Me to others
- 100% saw growth in their child in the first six months at Key to Me
- 94% noticed growth in their child in six or more areas within one year
- 80% observed an increase in self-advocacy in their child within one year
“We knew that we could make big changes in these kids’ lives – big, positive changes over time – but we never anticipated that it would happen so quickly, which only proves how eager they are to learn and grow. They’re old enough to understand the concepts and young enough to not be terribly critical of them and be accepting of them and able to implement them.
“It’s like planting a seed and thinking you’re going to have to wait for 20 years for that oak tree to grow and (finding) out it’s putting out acorns in six months.”Malka Leah Koval, Founder
“Key to Me is our daughter’s family away from home. Life skills, social skills, and Yiddishkeit are infused into every minute of her time at Key to Me and it absolutely shows.”Zahava Giffin, a parent
“Now that we see what Key to Me is doing for these boys we want to recommend others.”Rabbi Asher Newman, Hebrew Academy of Cleveland
Program assessments show that the Key to Me Alumni program helps its graduates maintain the tremendous growth that they’ve achieved in the Key to Me base program.