Governor Beshear gave us our charge, and one of the key issues that we will review is the early childhood-to-school transition. This issue really ignites a passion that I have for addressing the needs of children.Point, to the Prichard Committee.
A former school administrator, Holliday has seen "firsthand the impact of early childhood programs on student readiness for school."
Then he hit the nail on the head.
I also know that it is essential to address student vocabulary development in the early years of childhood, or the students will come to school already several years behind.I can't think of another single effort, which if successful, is as likely to reduce the achievement gap than that.
Holliday shined some light on the road ahead for KDE
Things we are doing in Kentucky:
- development of regional teams of health, education, elected officials, civic and community leaders to address issues and barriers that prevent access to high-quality programs and schools for children birth-8 and their families through the Kentucky Great by 8 economic growth initiative
- collaborative partnerships across state agencies through the KIDS NOW initiative that help promote quality and a focus on whole-child development.
- recognition of high-quality district preschool programs through the Preschool Classrooms of Excellence and Early Childhood Centers of Quality/Excellence initiatives
- recent release of the Field Guide to the Kentucky Early Childhood Standards to give all professionals working with young children ideas of how to incorporate the early learning standards in their program planning
- promotion of a definition of school readiness that focuses on the whole child – ready child, ready schools, ready families and communities
- development of a common, reliable, appropriate assessment that will be implemented by the kindergarten teacher after the first 30 days of a child’s attendance, specifically for instructional purposes for student mastery of the standards
- stronger partnerships between private child care, Head Start and state-funded preschool to promote collaboration and quality and to provide opportunities for more children to attend preschool