Pre-K Parent Connect

 

Family to Family Support

Network of Community Resources

Helen Edwards has a Parent Center that contains information and pamphlets of various educational as well as community resources.

www.pbs.org/wholechild/parents/building.html

www.heysigmund.com/building-resilience-children

Shot Records in English

Shot Records in Spanish

Increase Family Participation in Decision Making

Each year a “Campus Needs Assessment” is conducted where various community and school stakeholders take part in discussing and collaborating on ways to improve our campus.

Family Tools

We offer curriculum nights and Lunch and Learns to help equip parents with tools to help their children at home.

Learning about Feelings

Look What I can Do

Good Behavior Coloring Book

www.childrens-books-and-reading.com/early-childhood-literacy.html

Developing Staff Skills

We strive to provide our staff with the most up to date evidence- based training to support the education of each child.

Program Evaluation

Through a collaborative effort Helen Edwards strives to improve our family outreach and involvement through parental feedback and involvement.


High Quality Pre-K Evaluation


2016-17


Curriculum:  Our campus is currently in its 6th year of adoption with the Frog Street Press Pre-K Curriculum.  Not only is the Frog Street Curriculum on the approved list of adopted curriculum for Prekindergarten, but it also addresses the Revised Texas Prekindergarten Guidelines (Updated 2015) in the following domains:

  • Social and Emotional Development
  • Language and Communication
  • Emergent Literacy Reading
  • Emergent Literacy Writing
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Social Studies
  • Fine Arts
  • Physical Development and Health
  • Technology

Through the use of the High-Quality Pre-K Grant, all six of our Pre-K teachers have attended the three-day Frog Street Conference in Grapevine, Texas the past two years.  This conference has not only addressed the units and components within the curriculum, but it has also introduced our staff to well-known leaders, authors and educators within the Early Childhood Education field such as Don Monopoli (musical artist with the Learning Station), Becky Baily (author of Conscious Discipline), and Dan St. Romain (educational behavioral consultant), just to name a few.  Through their attendance at this conference, our teachers have stayed informed and current on new legislative developments in Early Childhood, gained greater understanding and awareness of behavioral skills and techniques to use in the classroom through Conscious Discipline, and acquired new instructional information and strategies to use in the classroom specifically for Early Education.  

We are also excited to implement a supplementary curriculum, Handwriting without Tears, this upcoming school year that compliments and enriches our current Frog Street curriculum.  This program will be used in conjunction with our main curriculum and will target proper pencil grip for little hands, correct letter/number formation to improve handwriting skills, and help students link letter/sound identification in a written form.  Our teachers will receive a full-day training with their new materials during the upcoming in-service days.  We are excited and looking forward to great results with the addition of this new program.  

Student Progress Monitoring:  Kaufman ISD is very proud of their students’ academic accomplishments and understands that this type of success must start at the very beginning, in Early Childhood.  We take learning very seriously at Helen Edwards ECC and are actively looking for ways to help our students achieve both academically and within Fine Arts.  As a way to monitor our student’s success, we are members of the Childhood Learning Institute (CLI) where we have access to teacher trainings and modules, a student progress monitoring system tool, and a variation of data reports.  We have been active members of CLI Engage for the past three years and utilize the CIRCLE Progress Monitoring tool that measures:

  • Social and Emotional Development
  • Language and Communication
  • Emergent Literacy Reading
  • Emergent Literacy Writing
  • Mathematics

You can view our Pre-K data summary at

Along with CIRCLE, which is included on the Commissioner’s List of Approved Prekindergarten Progress Monitoring Instruments, we also use Istation as our Kindergarten Readiness Assessment Instrument, which is also listed on the Commissioner’s list.  Through the use of these two measuring tools, we actively track and monitor our student’s learning and provide instructional interventions as needed for each individual student.  Because here at Helen Edwards, “learning is our business!”

Teacher Qualifications:  We are proud that each of our Pre-K teachers are certified teachers through the Texas Education Agency (TEA) and receive continuing education in the field of Early Childhood.  Each of our teachers are also required to complete 150 cumulative hours of professional development addressing all ten domains in the Pre-K Guidelines.  This is not an easy task, as one third of their hours must be completed through “experiential learning, coaching, and/or instructional support.”  Our Regional Service Center (Region 10) and district support has offered exceptional trainings and support, which helps our teachers reach this robust requirement.  During the 2016-17 school year, our teachers attended the following professional development:

  • Frog Street Splash Conference (Frog Street Press)
  • Pre-K Guidelines Training (Region 10)
  • CIRCLE Preschool Foundation (Region 10)
  • Literacy Beginnings (Heinemann)
  • Conscious Discipline Book Study (district)
  • Conscious Discipline Training (Conscious Discipline)
  • Now4Ever: Full Steam Ahead (Region 10 ECC Conference)
  • Handwriting without Tears Conference (Handwriting without Tears)

We are excited for the upcoming school year, and all the opportunities that are before us.  We currently have two trainings scheduled for our Pre-K that includes an extensive one day training for the classroom implementation of Handwriting without Tears (supplementary curriculum) and a new parent program tool called ReadyRosie.  ReadyRosie is a digital tool that is used with parents to model essential skills and competencies for success in the classroom through short videos.  Teachers can select short video to send out to parents based on classroom data and curriculum that demonstrate ways that parents can interact with their children that best support current learning in the classroom.  In addition to this 21st century skills, ReadyRosie also includes a Parenting Curriculum that can be utilized in our Family Engagement Plan.

Family Engagement Plan:  Our Pre-K Family Engagement Program has grown over the past year and we are looking forward to expanding our program even more this upcoming school year.  There are six areas that our Family Engagement Plan encompasses.  

  • Family to Family Support:  We provide multiple opportunities for our families to gather together and build a rapport with one another.  Each opportunity address different areas of learning, which allows for growth and expansion of support for the families:

    • Love and Logic Parenting Classes
    • Room “mom” for classroom parties
    • Parent Volunteer Center
    • Class Field Trips
  • Community Resources:  We currently have a Parent Volunteer Center where all parents (not just Pre-k) can come and access a wealth of information as it relates to Early Childhood Education, developmental milestones for children, and local community resources.  Our Parent Volunteer center is also equipped with various tools so that our parents can assist teachers with copying, laminating, cutting, decorating, etc.  We also hosted a Family Fun Night at a local park where our campus teamed up with the City of Kaufman and other community organizations for a night of family fun and learning.  Our local police force, fire department, community hospital and dentist were all present for the fun and support!

  • Family Participation in Decision Making:  Each year, we have a parent representative on our Campus Improvement Committee and for our Campus Needs Assessment.  We schedule a time that is convenient for them and ask for their input and perspective regarding our campus and programs.  We also encourage our parents to volunteer and help coordinate our monthly birthday tables and organize a “parent day” during Teacher Appreciation Week.

  • Tools to Enhance and Extend Learning:  This past year, we hosted quarterly parent meetings in the afternoon where we invited guest speakers and discussed some of the latest “hot topics” in early childhood that affect parents.  Some of our “hot topics” included discipline, kids with technology, and building resiliency within your kids.  We found success with our quarterly parent meetings, but we are looking to build parental involvement both on and off campus for this upcoming school year with our parents that will make a notable difference in our student’s learning and educational experience.   We are excited to bring the ReadyRosie program to our campus and “harness the power of video and mobile technology to empower families and schools to work together to promote School Readiness.”  Their Parenting Curriculum addressing topics (in both English and Spanish) such as:

    • Positive discipline strategies
    • Healthy Routines
    • Language Development
    • Developmental Milestones
    • Social-Emotional Development

Through the ReadyRosie Parenting Curriculum, we will be able to enrich and support our established quarterly parent meetings and provide a strategic format for our parents to follow.

  • Develop Staff Skills that Support Families: As a district and campus, we have put intense effort in developing both our social and academic skills in cultural awareness.  We have put forth extensive efforts in trainings specifically in our Bilingual/ESL population and Special Populations services.  We want to extend our awareness to include students and families new to our campus and community.  To assist in this effort, we are developing a New Student Welcome program that will be led by our counselor and support staff.  As part of our New Student Welcome program we are developing a short welcome and informational video that can be given to our families once they register their student on our campus.  Our video will also be available on-line at our campus web-page for the entire community to view.  Our staff will receive training with our New Student Welcome Program during teacher in-service.

  • Evaluate Family Engagement: To help ensure that our Family Engagement Program is meeting the needs and interests of our parent population, we ask that our families fill out an informational sheet at the beginning of each school year.  This informational sheet will help us obtain information from our Pre-K families so that we can better serve their needs and narrow down our targeted family curriculum for that school year.  We also feel that it is very important to obtain feedback from our parents through-out the year, so we ask our parents to complete surveys after each quarterly family meeting.  Their feedback and response helps us make adjustments and decisions as we move forward in developing our program.

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