We are pleased to have you as a part of the Kanawha County Schools Preschool Family. We have a premier preschool program that provides quality education for eligible 3 and all 4 year old children along with family services.
Historically, the Kanawha County Schools Preschool Program began as a Head Start delegate agency during the summer of 1965. Since its early beginnings, the program has grown and flourished to now provide services for 530 Head Start students and over 800 Pre K students. Kanawha County Schools Head Start was awarded the opportunity to be the grantee Head Start agency in 2002. Since that time the State Department of Education formulated the universal Pre-K program which now provides services to students in Head Start, Pre-K and the Preschool Special Needs. Kanawha County Schools Preschool Program is housed in school-based, community-based and childcare collaborative sites throughout the county.
Each program has a certified teacher and classroom assistant. Together, the Board of Education, Head Start and Community Partners work collaboratively to expand and enhance the program delivery. The focus is on the domains set forth by the WV Prek Standards Ages 3 to 5 and the Head Start Child Outcomes Framework which are: Social and Emotional, the Arts, Physical Health and Development, Language and Literacy, Mathematics and Science.
School Readiness will be a priority for the preschool program to ensure that all students are prepared for kindergarten. Teams of educators, health professionals and social service staff work together to implement strategies that enhance the Parent, Family, and Community Engagement Framework in Kanawha County Schools Preschool. We will work to promote Developmentally Appropriate Practices utilizing WV Prek Standards Ages 3 to 5 and the Head Start Child Outcomes Framework. Emphasis will be placed on improving student-teacher interaction with the Classroom Assessment Scoring System (CLASS), The Teaching Pyramid Observation Tool (TPOT), and Preschool Steps (PSTEPS). These practices will enable preschool children and their families to be better prepared for a successful school career in the 21st Century.
We look forward to working with you this year.
The Preschool Management Staff