Goal Area 1: All Students Ready for Kindergarten

Background Information

School Readiness Preschool and KC Preschool serve students the year before Kindergarten. These part-day and full-day programs help children develop the skills necessary to be successful in school and in life through guided play, interaction with peers, and parent/child activities. The Parent and Family Education program supports families through classes, speakers, handouts, and parenting sessions.

School Readiness Preschool program (SRP) is run through the Early Childhood program. SRP offers a high-quality preschool experience for students aged 3 and 4 in part-day and full-day programs. SRP includes a parent education component which provides additional support for families. SRP is offered to families on a sliding-fee scale, and scholarships are available.

KC Preschool is a full day preschool program focusing on Kindergarten readiness for students who are 4 by September 1. KC Preschool is embedded in all 5 elementary schools and is a fee based program.


Student Enrollment

Early Childhood Family Education (ECFE)In 2016-17 we had a total of 292 families enroll in ECFE classes across two semesters. This is an increase from 288 families in 2015-16.

School Readiness Preschool (SRP)In 2016-17 there were 60 students enrolled in SRP. Of these 61 students, 37 enrolled in kindergarten at Centennial in 2017-18. This is comparable to enrollment numbers in 2015-16 and 2016-17.

KC (Kids Club) PreschoolEnrollment in KC Preschool (a full- day preschool experience the year before kindergarten) has increased or stayed steady over the past five years. In 2013-14, 109 children participated, in 2014-15, 99 children participated (overall enrollment was capped due to being moved to smaller classrooms); in 2015-2016, 113 children participated; in 2016-2017 125 participated in KC Preschool.

Early Childhood Special Education (ECSE)In 2016-17, the number of students receiving ECSE services that went to Kindergarten in 2017 are as follows:

    • Served for speech and language delays: 21 students
    • Served for a variety of developmental delays including cognitive, motor, vision, hearing, speech and language and social emotional skills: 25 students
 

In total, 150 students were served in the ECSE program from birth to age 5 during the 2016-17 school year.


Curriculum

KC Preschool and SRP are four-star Parent Aware certified and use Creative Curriculum, which is approved and rated by Parent Aware to ensure kindergarten readiness.
 

Professional Development
The district has made progress in providing professional development opportunities for our Early Childhood staff. These staff members are included in district staff development activities and building-level professional development days. Additional training is provided through the Department of Teaching and Learning.


Kindergarten Alignment
During the 2016-17 school year, early childhood staff participated in a PreK-3 Principal Leadership Series to identify strategies for supporting students from preschool through third grade.

At the end of the 2016-17 school year, KC Preschool and SRP provided Kindergarten lead teachers an identification card for each student entering Kindergarten. This card provided information about the student’s progress in math, language arts, and social/emotional development, as well as information about the student’s behavior in preschool. This gave teachers additional insight into each student’s kindergarten readiness.


 

2015-2016 Performance Indicators


Observations of Home Daycare Providers

Select home daycare providers receive home visits from an ECFE family educator. Survey results from 2016-17 indicated that 100% of daycare providers who participated in this program had “some” or “a great” increase in learning about early education and developmentally appropriate practice as they related to children’s school readiness.


Parenting Support
When surveyed during 2016-17, 93% of parents stated KC Preschool had been a positive experience for their families. Additionally they have indicated changes in parenting that would impact their child’s readiness for school, including understanding their role in their child’s education, using activities for learning, and finding resources and support to help them in their role. 94% of KC Preschool families surveyed felt KC Preschool is helping their child be fully or mostly prepared for Kindergarten with the skills and behaviors necessary to be successful.

When surveyed during the 2016-17 school year, parents whose children attend SRP indicated that they enjoy seeing their child interact and engage with other children their age, and value the growth they see in their child’s social and emotional development.


Individual Growth and Development Indicators
ECFE, ECSE, and SRP utilize the IGDIs (Individual Growth and Development Indicators) assessment tool. Goals are developed each year to maximize student growth and achievement. The goal for 2016-17 is as follows:

Children participating in ECFE and ECSE who are eligible to attend Kindergarten by 9/1/17 will increase their skills in the area of literacy. Final data will show an increase of 13.4% average growth from Fall 2016 to Spring 2017 on the two lowest growing sub-strands from test data, which are the categories of Picture Naming and Letter Sounds.

Results for 2016-17 are as follows:

Subtest

Fall Mean

Spring Mean

% Increase

Picture Naming

8.04

10.91

35.69%

Letter Sounds

6.88

9.46

37.5%


Desired Results Developmental Profile - Preschool View
KC Preschool and SRP use the assessment tool Desired Results Developmental Profile (DRDP) to measure student growth throughout the year. The DRDP Assessment is a formative assessment instrument and represents a full continuum of development from early infancy up to kindergarten entry. The Preschool View is used for children in preschool programs. The developmental levels featured in the DRDP include Responding (basic responses), Exploring (discovery of skills), Building (moving towards mastery), and Integrating (mastery of skills). Levels may be measured as Early, Middle, or Later.

KC Preschool and SRP assess students on 7 domains of the DRDP: Approaches to Learning - Self Regulation; Social and Emotional Development; Language and Literacy Development; Cognition, Including Math and Science; Physical Development - Health; History - Social Science; and Visual and Performing Arts.

Both KC Preschool and SRP utilize a parent-friendly assessment book to document and present assessment results. Families are encouraged to use this book as a way to partner with the teacher to better support the child’s learning. Assessment in both programs is completed bi-annually: once in the fall and once in the spring.

Please note: Although the DRDP is a growth continuum, we have self-identified a student as “meeting or exceeding growth expectations” in a domain if s/he reaches Building-Later or beyond by Spring 2017, as these skills will continue to grow and development upon Kindergarten entry.

Kids Club Preschool

In 2016-17, all KC Preschoolers were assessed and showed growth in all developmental domains.

Approaches to Learning - Self Regulation

 85% meets or exceeds growth expectations

Social and Emotional Development

 93% meets or exceeds growth expectations

Language and Literacy Development

 86% meets or exceeds growth expectations

Cognition, Including Math and Science

 87% meets or exceeds growth expectations

Physical Development - Health

 95% meets or exceeds growth expectations

History - Social Science

 79% meets or exceeds growth expectations

Visual and Performing Arts

 67% meets or exceeds growth expectations


School Readiness Preschool

In 2016-17, 25 of the 37 SRP preschoolers entering Kindergarten were assessed. All showed growth in all developmental domains. Proficiency for preschoolers entering Kindergarten at Centennial is listed below:

Approaches to Learning - Self Regulation

 66% meets or exceeds growth expectations

Social and Emotional Development

 71% meets or exceeds growth expectations

Language and Literacy Development

 68% meets or exceeds growth expectations

Cognition, Including Math and Science

 62% meets or exceeds growth expectations

Physical Development - Health

 83% meets or exceeds growth expectations

History - Social Science

 62% meets or exceeds growth expectations

Visual and Performing Arts

 34% meets or exceeds growth expectations



Performance Summary
GoalResultGoal Status
KC Preschool students will increase proficiency in language and literacy development from 88% in 2015-2016 to 90% in 2016-17 school year as indicated by the Building and Integrating scores on the DRDP.The percent of KC Preschool students who met/exceeded expectations on the language and literacy domain decreased from 88% in 2016 to 86% in 2017.Goal Not Met



Goals for 2016-2017

Data suggest that more work needs to be done to ensure that every child is ready for Kindergarten in the Centennial School District. That being said, there are some proactive efforts we have undertaken to assist in closing this gap.

Our goal for 2015-16 was to increase proficiency in language and literacy development from as indicated by larger percentages in the Building and Integrating categories on the DRDP. Our 2016-17 data show 100% of our 4-year-olds entering Kindergarten were within these ranges.

Goals for 2017-18 have been developed in order to address other concerns:

  • Preschool students will increase proficiency in Approaches to Learning: Self-Regulation and Social and Emotional Development and Visual and Performing Arts by at least 2% for both preschool programs.

  • Increase intensity and duration of preschool programs.

  • Strengthen outreach to other preschool programs in the Centennial area by providing kindergarten-entry student cards for all students enrolling in Centennial schools in 2018-19.


Additional classrooms have opened at the Early Childhood Center and at Rice Lake Elementary to accommodate up to 60 more preschool students. This will allow us to reach even more preschoolers to better ensure their success in Kindergarten.


 

Systems, Strategies, and Supports for Improvement