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Central Kentucky Community Action                   Council Head Start

Serving: Hardin, LaRue, Marion, Meade, Nelson, Washington

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Research has consistently revealed that preschool age children most effectively learn through play.  A play-based curriculum provides children with essential skills that they will utilize not only during educational experiences, but throughout their entire lives.  Central Kentucky Head Start fully supports this preschool educational research and our classrooms are established in a manner that best facilitates play-based learning. Specifically speaking, our classrooms are organized into individual centers. Each center is designed with the intent for achieving the highest level of thinking and learning possible.  Examples of the types of centers that are applied and utilized in each classroom include; Dramatic Play, Blocks, Math, Science, Manipulatives, Art, Writing, Reading, Music, and Technology.

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CLASS

Central Kentucky Head Start fully supports this preschool educational research and our classrooms are established in a manner that best facilitates play-based learning. Specifically speaking, our classrooms are organized into individual centers. Each center is designed with the intent for achieving the highest level of thinking and learning possible.  Examples of the types of centers that are applied and utilized in each classroom include; Dramatic Play, Blocks, Math, Science, Manipulatives, Art, Writing, Reading, Music, and Technology.

CLASS is an observation instrument developed to assess quality in classrooms. CLASS focus on 3 domains-Emotional Support, Classroom Organization, and Instructional Support. Each domain has dimensions that characterize the domain: Emotional Support which includes: Positive Climate, Negative Climate, Negative Climate, Teacher Sensitivity, Regard for Student Perspective. Classroom Organization includes: Behavior Management, Productivity, Instructional Leaning Formats. Instructional Support Includes: Concept Development, Quality of Feedback, Language Modeling. Four twenty minute observations are conducted by a CLASS reliable observer and scored. Each observation is scored on a scale from 1 to 7. One being the lowest and 7 being the highest. 

Central Kentucky CAC Head Start leadership is familiar with research demonstrating the importance of teacher-child interactions in helping promote positive outcomes for children. The second key component of the Central Kentucky CAC Head Start School Readiness Plan focuses on teacher-child interactions. The team identified two goals for the component.

  • Ensure that all classrooms provide effective social, organizational, and instructional teacher-child interactions. 
  • Systematically use professional development resources to target areas of practice across classrooms, as well as provide more intensive support to teachers most in need.  

  

Domain CKCACHSNational ThresholdDifference
Emotional Support5.975.680.29
Classroom Organization5.735.320.41
Instructional Support3.122.390.73

Class Dimensions CKCACHS
Positive Climate6.54
Negative Climate1.06
Teacher Sensitivity5.31
Regard for Student Perspective5.08
Behavior Management6.23
Productivity6.07
Instructional Learning Format 4.88
Concept Development3.08
Quality Feedback3.08
Language Modeling3.2

 


Exceptional Children

All children receive a developmental screening within forty five (45) calendar days of their enrollment date. The screening process helps to identify children who may require interventions. Intervention goals are determined by the skills the child showed difficulty completing during the developmental screening. After interventions are completed, data is reviewed to determine if the child needs a referral for a special education evaluation.

If the child needs a referral for a special education evaluation, Children younger than the age of three (3) will be referred to First Steps. Children ages three and older will be referred to the appropriate school district. Evaluations can not be completed without parental consent.

When/if a child meets eligibility, we can help parents access the services their child may need. Early Head Start and Head Start collaborates with First Steps and the Public School System so Therapist (Speech Language Pathologist, Occupational Therapist, Physical Therapist, etc.) can come to your child at Early Head Start or Head Start to provide services.


School Readiness Coaching

School Readiness Coaches support increasing teacher-child interactions and attaining school readiness for enrolled children. School Readiness Coaches support teachers in their implementation of fifteen Teaching Practices that ensure we are providing the best learning experience for Head Start students!


School Readiness Goals