Early Childhood Education at PCSD


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report and recommendations on the early childhood program at PCSD.

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Early Childhood Education at PCSD

  1. 1. Early Childhood education- pcsd<br />Current Early Childhood Programs<br />Special Education Preschool for 3-4 year olds (required entitlement)<br />Community based (paid) integrated with our Headstart and Special Education program<br />Head Start : Federal program for 4 year old low income students<br />Employee Daycare located at PCHS<br />
  2. 2. Early Childhood education- pcsd<br />Special Education<br />Students can qualify in any of the 13 federal/state categories <br />Most common is developmentally delayed<br />Program services for 3 year old students is typically ½ day program two days per week<br />Program services for 4 year old students is typically ½ day program four days per week<br />
  3. 3. Early Childhood education- pcsd<br />Under 10th circuit court ruling that at least 50% of students in the classroom should be non-disabled students<br />Transportation is a related service included in the preschool child’s IEP<br />2009-2010 Sped enrollment: <br />3 year olds – 13<br />4 year olds - 8<br />
  4. 4. Early Childhood education- pcsd<br />2009-2010 Community Tuition paying preschool numbers:<br />3 year olds – 10<br />4 year olds – 14<br />Two 3 year olds received a scholarship<br />Six 4 year olds received a scholarship to attend<br />
  5. 5. Early Childhood education- pcsd<br />Head Start:<br />Federally funded program<br />For 4 year old students only<br />Program is ½ a day program 4 days per week<br />Program must include a meal (either breakfast or lunch)<br />Meals must be served family style<br />
  6. 6. Early Childhood education- pcsd<br />Federal Head Start grant is run through the Davis County School District<br />We hire the employee and are reimbursed by the DCSD for all expenses<br />Davis County staff regulates the number of student slots we are allocated<br />2009-2010 students : 23<br />
  7. 7. Early Childhood education- pcsd<br />Park City Employee day care<br />Has been part of the district for over 20 years<br />Has had many homes over the years. It has been housed at TMIS, JRES, and PCHS<br />School Boards in the past have supported the in-kind donation for the space<br />Is an independent/non-profit organization with its own governing Board of Directors<br />
  8. 8. Early Childhood education- pcsd<br />Park City Employee day care cont.<br />Past School Board included daycare in the remodel of the high school to give it a permanent home<br />2009-2010 numbers:<br />3 infants (ages 6 weeks to 12 months)<br />7 toddlers ( 12 months to 24 months)<br />8 two’s (24-36 months)<br />17 preschoolers (3-5 year olds)<br />26 out of 35 are children of district employees<br />
  9. 9. Early Childhood education- pcsd<br />Moving Forward<br />Develop high quality pre-school for district 3-4 year old students<br />Researchers have repeatedly demonstrated that for children - particularly children from low-income backgrounds – to benefit from preschool, it must be of high quality<br />Utilize research based Early Childhood Standards<br />
  10. 10. Early Childhood education- pcsd<br />Moving Forward<br />Work within the National Institute of Early Education Research (NIEER)quality standards (10)<br />Comprehensive standards<br />Teacher has BA<br />Specialized Pre-K training<br />Para’s hold CDA<br />15 hours of in-service<br />Class size 20 or lower<br />
  11. 11. Early Childhood education- pcsd<br />Moving Forward<br />Staff to child ratio 1:10<br />Vision, Hearing and health support<br />At least one meal<br />Site visits<br />Organize a task force to develop preschool action plan for implementation. <br />
  12. 12. Early Childhood education- pcsd<br />Moving Forward<br />Topics to include:<br />Adoption of standards<br />Number of students to serve<br />Location<br />Funding Sources<br />Cost<br />Program development <br />
  13. 13. Early Childhood education- pcsd<br />Moving Forward<br />Topics continued<br />Pre K – 3 curriculum alignment<br />Data Collection<br />Student achievement over time<br />Cost savings<br />Program Assessment<br />
  14. 14. Early Childhood education- pcsd<br />I see this as an essential step in providing a comprehensive pre-K – 12 education in our district. The research is very clear that high quality early childhood education programs, especially for low-income children, make a dramatic difference in the overall academic achievement for students. I am hoping to leverage funds from multiple sources to keep cost down and quality up. <br />