NEW for 2012-13, Student Support Programs is offering the All Aboard! program for children ages 4 to 5 years old who will be entering kindergarten during the 2013-14 school year. The All Aboard! program is designed to emphasize an enriched kindergarten readiness curriculum and is an outreach of our TOTS childcare program. The curricular-based program offers three levels of service to meet both a family’s child care needs and a family’s desire to assure full readiness for their child as he/she enters Indiana’s Full Day Kindergarten (FDK) classrooms.
In keeping with the SSP commitment to provide extended services and support for all Westfield families and as part of our continuous improvement journey, the district began exploration (SSP blog November 30, 2011) into what families and children would need to meet the increasing standards of a full day kindergarten experience. In response to teacher mom, sibling parent, staff, and administrative conversations, it became obvious that the district had a golden opportunity to meet an otherwise unfulfilled need through expansion and redefinition of a previously offered pre-K classroom experience for the four to early five year old with an enhanced academic approach for the day. The classroom leads from those two classrooms and Program Lead, Jayne Milligan, are collaborating to enhance a standards-based, embedded early literacy approach for the soon to be kindergarten student. Mrs. Lynn Schemel, WWS Director of Assessment and Professional Development, facilitated a breakout session in a full day training of all TOTS staff which provided a focus on what activities, experiences, and classroom structures would be helpful in support of school readiness as outlined in Indiana’s Birth to Age Five Literacy framework. The pre-K leads will continue that training in April’s Indiana Association for the Education for Young Children Early Childhood Conference which will include national authors and trainers presenting brain-based learning, the young child and mathematics, as well as many practitioners sharing what has worked in their pre-school age settings.
SSP staff is excited about future possibilities for developing an All Aboard! program at each elementary school serving the children in their soon to be own home school. A hallmark advantage of the SSP programs has been the close connection between SSP staff and the talented WWS teachers and support staff. Our goal is to strengthen those connections even further.
Enrollment for the 2012-13 All Aboard! program is now open and may be accessed through this district website link: http://www.wws.k12.in.us/subsite/dist/page/toddlers-teachers-and-staff-315