All Stamford youth will enter Kindergarten ready to learn
This newly integrated CAN, formerly Infant Health and Development and Kindergarten Readiness, has brainstormed to create plans for three new working groups, all of which will focus across the full 0-5 age group span and will fold in existing action plans: 1) Family engagement (includes GBYS), 2) Developmental Screenings/Assessments (includes Ages and Stages Questionnaire, Pre Kindergarten Transition Summary and Preschool Early Literacy Indicator), and 3) Professional Development (includes PreK-K PD).
This group will be focused on building out how best to engage families in our work and how best to support families in supporting their children’s development and learning. Some specific areas include exploring the expansion of existing family engagement work (both in terms of #s reached and in terms of expanding ages, e.g. expanding home visiting into preschool age), revising timing/structure of groups to make accessible to parents, and including parents in identifying needs and solutions. Long term the goal is that children will be ready for Kindergarten because they will have highly engaged parents and parent will have access to needed resources.
Go Before You Show (GBYS): GBYS continues to be integrated into the weekly WIC prenatal class, presented by Family Center’s Nurturing Families Network. Network organizations should continue to reach out if they have parent or community events where we can share this information. These are ~15-minute presentations, including Q&A, and can be integrated into existing parent and community meetings or events. Please reach out to Tashi Shuler-Drakes to schedule a presentation (203-602-6636 or tashi.shuler-drakes@uwwesternctorg.)
Long term this workgroup will be focused on scaling the existing screening and assessment work to reach all children (especially expanding in the 0-3 space), to identify and have enough high quality and accessible services for children who need support (including those who don’t qualify for state funded programs), and ultimately to be able to measure across the city where we are with Kindergarten readiness. Short term the focus will be to catalogue what screenings and assessments are being used currently, including where else the ASQ is specifically being used, in addition to continuing the existing ASQ, Sparkler, PKTS, and PELI work.
Ages and Stages Questionnaire (ASQ): Our Sparkler app pilot continues. 89 parents/caregivers have downloaded and started using the app for 102 children from partners Children’s Learning Centers, Family Centers, St. Joseph’s Parenting Center, All Our Kin and Abilis. The Sparkler app is an educational tool for parents with children ages 0-5 and helps providers partner with parents to get young children ready for learning and life. The app uses the Ages and Stages Questionnaire screening to help identify how a child is doing developmentally, provides tips and activities for parents to do with their child, and includes both chat-based consulting and connections to other providers to support development.) Click here for additional resources on Sparkler.
Child Development Infoline (CDI) conducted a training on their online ASQ module, and modules have been set up for Children’s Learning Centers, Family Centers and All Our Kin so that individual and summary reports on provider completed ASQs can be accessed by each program. We completed a data sharing agreement with United Way of CT so SC2C can centrally access and analyze data from these online modules for reporting and planning purposes. It is not as straightforward as originally thought to import Sparkler ASQs in the online modules, but we are still working on this for some time in 2020.
Prekindergarten Transition Summary (PKTS): We continue to put together PKTS data summaries for each Pre-School, similar to the data shared for each Elementary School, to be shared with each Pre-K program.
This workgroup is focused on three main areas. First, to build on the Oct 18th Pre-K visits to K classrooms by scheduling another date for the 14 private Pre-K programs and Family Child Care providers to visit K classrooms and to finalize logistics for the K teachers to visit Pre-K programs on Feb 18th, 2020. Second, to plan an execute and Early Childhood Dinner in late March, including all 0-5 providers and building off existing smaller events that have happened in the past. Third, to ensure we effectively share the PKTS and PELI data with Pre-K programs, by sharing individual results and using the Early Childhood Dinner as an opportunity to review and discuss.
0-5 Early Childhood CAN Leadership/Contributors
- Donna Arcuri, School Readiness Council
- Haley Argueta, SPEF
- Taryn Baer-Shalev, Optimus Health Care
- Mary Basso, CLC
- Trish Behm, CES
- Antonia Better-Wirz, All Our Kin
- Dena Booker, Stamford Public Schools
- Marijane Carey, Carey Consulting/CDI
- Lisa Cody, APPLES
- Linda Darling, Hart Magnet Elementary
- Jennifer DeRubeis, Julia A. Stark Elementary
- Kareena DuPlessis, CDI
- Carole Elias, Family Centers
- Karen Feder, Abilis
- Catherine Forde, Optimus Health Care
- Emily Goldschmid, CLC
- Helma Gregorich, Family Centers
- Yazmin Iglesias, All Our Kin
- Janet Jones, WIC
- Margot Laedlein, Medical Home Initiative
- Amy Laughlin, The Ferguson Library
- Barbara McLaughlin, Kids in Crisis
- Anika McPherson, Community Health Center Inc.
- Joanna Meyer, PEER
- Natalie Nielsen, Family Centers
- Brooke Nilsen, The Early Childhood Directors Group
- Ellen Reardon, Stamford Museum & Nature Center
- Leslie Sexer, Family Centers
- Shira Tarantino, PLTI
- Natalie Toucchi, Care to Care
- Amy Twing, The Ferguson Library
- Anna Witkowski, CLC