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.

School Readiness Preschool 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.

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.

Student Enrollment

Early Childhood Family Education (ECFE)In 2017-18, we had a total of 149 families (163 children) enroll in ECFE classes across two semesters.

School Readiness Preschool (SRP)In 2017-18 there were 98 students enrolled in SRP. Of these 98 students, 61 enrolled in kindergarten at Centennial in 2017-18. These numbers are an increase from 2016-17 due to the expansion of our School Readiness Preschool program to include two full-day classes for students aged 4 and 5.

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 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 and in 2017-18 148 students participated in KC Preschool.

Early Childhood Special Education (ECSE) - The number of students receiving ECSE services that went to Kindergarten in 2018 are as follows:

    • Served for speech and language delays: 37 students
    • Served for a variety of developmental delays including cognitive, motor, vision, hearing, speech and language and social emotional skills: 35 students
 

In total, 163 students were served in the ECSE program from birth to age 5 during the 2017-18 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
Early childhood staff participated in a PreK-3 Principal Leadership Series to identify strategies for supporting students from preschool through third grade.

Following its success at the end of 2016-17, at the end of the 2017-18 school year preschool staff 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.

More work is being done at the coordinator/administrator level. The ECFE and SRP Coordinator is attending monthly PreK-3 networking meetings to discuss alignment and what this could look like at Centennial, and coordinators are working towards streamlining practices and classroom resources.

 


2017-2018 Performance Indicators


Observations of Home Daycare Providers

Select home daycare providers receive home visits from an ECFE family educator. In 2017-18 we served 16 local daycares. Survey results from 2017-18 indicated that 89% of daycare providers who participated in this program had “some” or “a great” increase in knowledge about early education and developmentally appropriate practice as they related to children’s school readiness.

Parenting Support
When surveyed, 94% of KC Preschool families felt KC Preschool is helping their child be fully prepared for Kindergarten with the skills and behaviors necessary to be successful. Additionally parents 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.

When surveyed during the 2017-18 school year, 100% of parents surveyed in both ECFE and SRP agreed or strongly agreed that “Interactions with other parents in this program help me feel supported as a parent.” 100% of parents surveyed also agreed or strongly agreed that “ECFE has been a positive experience for my family.”

Individual Growth and Development Indicators
ECFE, ECSE, and SRP utilize the IGDIs (Individual Growth and Development Indicators) assessment tool. Goals for students who are eligible to attend Kindergarten in 2018 are developed each year to maximize student growth and achievement. The goal for 2016-17 is as follows:

Results for 2017-18 are as follows:

Subtest

Fall Mean

Spring Mean

% Increase

Picture Naming

8.2

10.4

26.83%


Desired Results Developmental Profile - Preschool View
Centennial preschool programs 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.

Students are assessed on seven 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.

We 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 the spring as these skills will continue to grow and development upon Kindergarten entry.

2017-2018 DRDP Preschool Results

Approaches to Learning - Self Regulation

  65% meets or exceeds growth expectations

Social and Emotional Development

  67% meets or exceeds growth expectations

Language and Literacy Development

  71% meets or exceeds growth expectations

Cognition, Including Math and Science

  69% meets or exceeds growth expectations

Physical Development - Health

  86% meets or exceeds growth expectations

History - Social Science

  67% meets or exceeds growth expectations

Visual and Performing Arts

  56% meets or exceeds growth expectations


Performance Summary
GoalResultGoal Status

The percentage of preschool students who meet of exceed growth expectations as measured by the Desired Results Development Profile (DRDP) will increase by at least two percentage points from Spring 2017 to Spring 2018 in the areas of Self Regulation, Social and Emotional Development, and Language and Literacy Development.

  • Self Regulation will increase from 66% to 68%.

  • Social and Emotional Development will increase from 71% to 73%.

  • Visual and Performing Arts will increase from 34% to 36%.

The percentage of preschool students at Centennial who met/exceed growth expecations decreased in two areas of the DRDP: Self Regulation decreased to 65% and Social and Emotional Development decreased to 67%.

Visual and Performing Arts, however, increased over twenty points to 56%

Goal Not Met


Goals for 2018-2019

The percentage of preschool students who meet of exceed growth expectations as measured by the Desired Results Development Profile (DRDP) will increase by at least two percentage points from Spring 2018 to Spring 2019 in the areas of Self-regulation, Social and Emotional Development, and Language and Visual and Performing Arts:

      • Self-regulation will increase from 65% to 67%
      • Social and Emotional Development will increase from 67% to 69%
      • Visual and Performing Arts will increase from 56% to 58%

 

Systems, Strategies, and Supports for Improvement

It is a goal of the Centennial School District that all children enter Kindergarten ready to be successful. Preschool assessment data suggests that in order for incoming kindergarten students to be most successful in school, more support is needed in certain domains. Therefore we will:

  • Increase intensity and duration of preschool programs.
  • Implement the Pyramid Model, a framework for supporting children’s social and emotional development.
  • Continue to increase alignment between School Readiness Preschool and KC Preschool programming: assessment processes and schedules, collaborating on curriculum, and participating together in district professional development.

  • Strengthen outreach to other preschool programs in the Centennial area by providing kindergarten-entry student cards for all students enrolling in Centennial schools.
  • Open additional classrooms at the Early Childhood Center and at Rice Lake Elementary to accommodate up to 60 more preschool students.
  • Complete kindergarten entry student cards for every Centennial preschool student entering Kindergarten, and also from Noah’s Ark preschool.