Teachers hold seminars for day care providers

Aim is to help prepare children for kindergarten

April 21, 1999|By Kris Antonelli | Kris Antonelli,SUN STAFF

County teachers have begun holding seminars for day care providers so they can learn what children need to know to be ready for kindergarten as part of the school system's program to enhance early-childhood development programs.

The seminars are among a number of changes in early-childhood development that will be the focus of discussion at tonight's school board meeting at Southern High School.

Dorothy Chaney and Barbara Griffith, leaders of Superintendent Carol S. Parham's Task Force on Early Childhood Development, are to tell board members what has been done since the task force presented its report last year.

"Really, the best thing that has come out of this is the coming together of all the different county agencies," Chaney said. "For the first time, we are all collaborating together to improve early-childhood education."

Parham created the 33-member task force in the fall of 1997 to study education for children from birth to age 3 and recommend ways to improve it.

After presenting its report to the board and Parham last April, the panel developed a plan to carry out the dozens of recommendations.

The seminars for day care providers were among the recommendations the school system has has put into effect. Others include:

Distributing the school calendar to day care centers so the providers will know when schools are closed.

Starting a PTA for parents and teachers of infants and toddlers.

Starting before- and after-school programs at some elementary and middle schools.

Providing elementary school principals with a list of places where families can find good health care or other county services.

In addition, an Early Head Start Program for 3-year-olds at Shady Side Elementary is likely to start in the fall.

"This kind of communication has never happened before," Chaney said.

The task force will continue working on ways to put the recommendations into effect throughout the county.

Also on tonight's agenda is a review and possible vote on completing a special education audit, and a vote on contracts for landscaping, carpentry, flooring, painting and other work at Brooklyn Park Middle School. The meeting will begin at 7 p.m.

Pub Date: 4/21/99

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