Preschool programs at all 12 Daviess County Public Schools elementary schools have earned the highest possible ratings for quality early childhood education programming.
Preschool programs at Audubon, Burns, Country Heights, Deer Park, East View, Highland, Meadow Lands, Sorgho, Southern Oaks, Tamarack, West Louisville and Whitesville elementary schools earned Five Star ratings from the Cabinet for Health and Family Services, Department of Community Based Services, Division of Child Care and the Kentucky Department of Education.
The Kentucky All Stars program is the state’s unified rating program for all early care and education programs that receive public funding, including public preschools, Head Start and child care centers. Kentucky All Stars is based on Kentucky’s Early Childhood Standards and research-based indicators of quality, and recognizes programs that have made a commitment to continuous quality improvement. The program is also designed to provide support in the areas of training, technical assistance and coaching.
Research indicates that children who are exposed to high-quality early learning environments have stronger math, language and social skills when they begin school. Studies also indicate that children who begin school with a strong foundation of these basic skills are more likely to succeed in the classroom, year after year.
“This Five Star rating is a direct correlation to the dedication of our district to support high quality early childhood programs,” said DCPS preschool coordinator Janet Land. “Our preschool teachers and staff work diligently to provide the best environment for our students. Students in each of our 12 elementary schools are fortunate to know that when they come to school, they will be nurtured, challenged and loved. Preschool students in Daviess County leave our program with skills that help them flourish in kindergarten and beyond.”
Preschool registration will begin in early March at all DCPS elementary schools for the 2017-18 school year. Preschool is available to children who will be 4 years old on or before Aug. 1 and who have an identified delay or learning disability, or whose families meet income requirement. Preschool is also available to children who will be 3 years old on or before Aug. 1 and who have an identified delay or learning disability or who meet Head Start requirements. Fee-based preschool programs are also available.
For more information about eligibility or to learn more about assessing a child for delays or disabilities, parents and guardians may contact Stephanie Hunt or Chris Westerfield at 270-852-7000.