Early Childhood

Abbie Henry, Coordinator
4 yr. old - Kindergarten & 1st Grade Preparedness
652-3500 ext. 303

Marie Meyer
3 yr. old - School Readiness
652-3500 ext. 301

Classes for parents and their children. (Ages 0-5)

Early Childhood Screening is provided at no cost by appointment.

A wide variety of activities are designed to:
* Offer support, information and encouragement to parents with young children by focusing on parent discussion related to the challenging and exciting early years.
* Reinforce parents’ roles as a child’s first and most influential teacher.
* Provide support and friendship with other parents.
* Help children to grow socially, physically, emotionally and intellectually through fun activities such as art, science, music, and various literacy activities.
* Provide all families an opportunity to discover the fun of learning and playing together.

ECFE Advisory Council
Our Parent Advisory Council includes:
* Parents involved in ECFE classes
* Community Representatives
* Education Professionals
* Staff members from our programs
This group will advise staff on new program ideas, and serve as a liaison for parents to communicate their suggestions and/or concerns regarding the program. The council also helps to provide "extra-curricular" activities throughout the year. Parent Advisory Council meets four times per year and child care is provided with advance registration. If you are interested in being a part of this group, let us know!

Our Parent Advisory Council includes:
* Parents involved in ECFE classes
* Community Representatives
* Education Professionals
* Staff members from our programs
Kindergarten & 1st Grade Preparedness
For children in the year prior to entering kindergarten. Children must be age 4 by September 1st.
The Kindergarten & 1st Grade Preparedness Class prepares children to enter kindergarten with the necessary skills, behavior and stability they need to progress and flourish.
Focus is on:
* Developing self-concept, self control, and learning positive social skills through interaction with peers.
* Participating in a variety of language and literacy activities, writing, science, math, art, music and social studies lessons.
* Physical development in the areas of large motor and fine motor skills.
* School success for all children.
* Parent involvement and support.
* Opportunities are offered to children to ensure they are developmentally ready to enter kindergarten. Parent conferences are held during the year to update on progress and to share ideas and concerns.
School Readiness
For children who are 3 years of age by September 1st.
The School Readiness Program offers a class where children learn skills through a wide variety of activities and play. The goal is to give children a successful start in school by helping them to:
* Become an enthusiastic learner.
* Learn self-help skills.
* Follow classroom routines and follow simple directions.
* Learn respectful interaction with peers and to learn personal self-control.
* Participate in circle time, gross-motor activities, fine motor activities, art, dramatic play, music, science, sensory activities, block play and literacy activities.
Early Childhood Screening
State law requires all children to be screened before entering kindergarten.
Early childhood screening provides an opportunity to participate in a health and developmental screening for children between the ages of 3½ and 5 years .
The screening includes:
* Immunization Records
* Hearing & Vision
* Speech & Developmental
* Height & Weight
* Summary Interview with Parents
Screening is provided at no cost three times a year by appointment.



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