By Ben Barton, Superintendant of Schools
We are very excited to announce that Caledonia Area Public Schools Preschool and early childhood program was once again designated as a 4 Star Parent Aware Program. Parent Aware is an organization that helps families find the quality care and education their children need to succeed in school and life. Parent Aware is a search partner that works side-by-side with families, offering free tools and resources to help them make informed choices about high-quality care and education opportunities.
One way that Parent Aware assists families in making informed decisions is through the Parent Aware Star Ratings. Their One- to Four-Star Ratings allow families to easily identify child care and early education programs using research-based best practices to prepare children for kindergarten. Caledonia Public Schools Early Childhood Program volunteers to be rated. We are going above and beyond health and safety requirements and have: volunteered for extra, in-depth training, devoted ourselves to strong, caring relationships with each child, adopted the latest approaches to keeping children’s learning on track, and committed ourselves to daily activities and routines that help children learn.
Our 4 Star Rating indicates that we Excel in the use of most of the practices that best prepare children for kindergarten. Do all of the things One, Two and Three-Star programs do, and also:
• Are committed to school readiness by using best practices in child assessment, and always working toward making instruction more individualized, stimulating and language-rich in order to promote critical thinking.
• Have education credentials, are committed to ongoing professional development and have volunteered for training in most of the following: key areas of children’s development; cultural and socio-economic differences between families; practices that support inclusion; offering healthy meals; and engaging children in physical activity and active play.
• Develop strong relationships with families by doing most of the following: sharing assessment results, helping them access family support services, and providing information in parents’ primary languages.