How does the program impact early childhood education?
The Hardin County School Early Childhood Program is successfully preparing children for school by providing opportunities for them to develop school readiness skills in an environment that encourages children to have fun while learning.
Research shows that children that attend high-quality preschool programs help children develop social and pre-academic skills that will help them succeed in kindergarten and throughout their educational experience.
What steps do you take to ensure “quality”?
All preschool classrooms in the Hardin County School District work hard to ensure “quality”. All classrooms use the (ECRERS) Environmental Rating Revised scale to monitor their classroom environment as well as guidelines from NAEYC and the Kentucky Self Study.
Other points that demonstrate “quality”.
- Second Steps Violence Prevention Program used in every preschool classroom
- Augmentative communication and assistive technology provided for all preschool children in need
- All classrooms are supported by skilled therapists (Physical Therapist, Occupational Therapist, Speech-Language Therapist, Teacher of Students with Visual Impairments and, Teacher of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing) through a transdisciplinary team approach
- Preschool Curriculum Guides, designed by Hardin County Schools Preschool Teachers, are aligned with the Early Childhood Standards.
- The Creative Curriculum Teaching Strategies Gold is the assessment instrument used with all preschool children. IEP goals are developed from this tool.
- A Progress Summary is used to communicate with parents their child's strength and plan goals for each child in every developmental area.
- Preschool classrooms facilitate collaboration and smooth transition with primary program
- Collaboration through a blended program with Head Start in 2 elementary schools
- Every classroom has collaborative programs with their own family resource center
- Free developmental screening offered monthly to families of 3 and 4 year old children in the Hardin County Schools community
- Successful Child Find Recruitment Campaign throughout the county.