Kennedy staff members share progress of Lawrence school district’s early childhood education services – The Lawrence Times

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Lawrence faculty board members heard a report Monday on how college students, households and employees are benefiting from the present construction of the district’s early childhood teaching programs, in addition to future objectives for enchancment.

The Lawrence faculty district gives early childhood help for 3- and 4-year-olds with the objective of preparation for Kindergarten.


Early childhood employees members shared an summary of providers at Kennedy Early Childhood Heart (KECC). Based on their presentation, 478 youngsters have been using an early childhood program service on Nov. 8, and employees anticipate greater than 550 by the tip of this faculty 12 months.

Curriculum in KECC school rooms consists of literacy and math in addition to social-emotional abilities and security, in accordance with the presentation. This 12 months was additionally the primary 12 months using studying coaches. KECC additionally gives listening to and imaginative and prescient screenings to youngsters in addition to participates in a number of neighborhood partnerships.

The final word objective is to assist transition children efficiently from KECC to Kindergarten school rooms, Director of Scholar Companies Laura Basham stated throughout the assembly.

To gauge household satisfaction, early childhood studying employees administered a 12-item survey this 12 months. Survey takers have been requested to charge their satisfaction 1 by 4 – 1 being the bottom, and 4 being the very best. Fall 2022 results confirmed that the 60 respondents who took the survey have been typically glad with the early childhood providers throughout the board.

For instance:
90% of respondents rated “my little one enjoys attending a preschool classroom” a 4, and 10% rated that assertion a 3;
80% of respondents rated “I really feel welcome at KECC” a 4, and 10% rated that assertion a 3 and 10% didn’t reply to that assertion;
and 78.3% of respondents rated “my household’s cultural id is revered at KECC” a 4, whereas 10% didn’t reply to that assertion, 8.3% rated that assertion a 3 and three.4% rated that assertion a 2.

Early childhood employees additionally shared enhancements they’re hoping to make shifting ahead, together with filling vacant positions and balancing present employees workload, implementing higher psychological well being help, and extra.

View the total presentation at this link and study extra in regards to the district’s early childhood providers being supplied on the district’s website.

The Kennedy Early Childhood Heart opened in 2021 within the former elementary faculty after the college board voted to shut the constructing to grades Okay-5.

As a part of Monday’s assembly, the college board additionally heard a report from a subcommittee throughout the district’s licensed academics union. Lawrence Training Affiliation’s (LEA) wage matrix subcommittee shared comparability information as a part of its work to make suggestions to the LEA negotiations crew. 

Subcommittee members expressed help for a brand new mannequin that may “equalize” pay motion amongst academics within the district. Learn extra in regards to the wage matrix dialogue throughout Monday’s assembly at this link.

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