Ready for Kindergarten (R4K)

Mrs. Dietz

Phone: 315.404.8975


Degrees and Certifications:

Mrs. Dietz

The Oriskany Central School District is excited to announce a new partnership with the United Way of the Valley and Greater Utica Area that will provide N.A. Walbran Elementary with a Family School Navigator through the organization’s Ready for Kindergarten (R4K) program.


Family School Navigator Stephanie Dietz joined N.A. Walbran Elementary at the end of the 2018-2019 school year and is available to assist students and families in the district. Mrs. Dietz has an extensive background in education and worked as a principal in Cartersville, GA before moving to central New York in November 2018.


Family School Navigators identify families with children ages 0-4 in the community and introduce them to the R4K program that is available in the district. The Navigator also coordinates home visits, building a bridge between home and school, and opening positive lines of communication. The Navigator can also facilitate community connections and referrals to services and programs for any family member.


Assistance provided by the Navigator includes:

Birth to Preschool:

  • Information for healthy development
  • Assessment for needs (educational, social, emotional, and physical)
  • Identify and address behavioral issues
  • Prepare for kindergarten
  • Guidance and referrals to community services
  • Monitor for improvement

Kindergarten through Sixth Grade:

  • Address student needs that have been identified by either the school and/or the parents
  • Assessment for any additional needs (educational, social, emotional, physical)
  • Attendance
  • Guidance and referrals to community services
  • Monitor for improvement

Parents and Families:

  • Confidential meetings
  • Linkage to services for basic needs (food, clothing, housing, heat, transportation, etc.)
  • Health, education, employment issues
  • Domestic Violence
  • School relations