Each community already has early learning and community partners who are engaged at varying levels.
measures: a front door key pad, fingerprint computer check-in, video cameras on each classroom and play area. When I asked about whether they participated in the Kansas Quality Rating System my tour guide said, “no, that is really hard, but we do use their guidelines as we make quality improvements.” Pre-School A had some good features and the price was within the parent’s limited budget. But I left wondering why the investment in security versus pursuing quality ratings. Pre-School B was amazing, but may not be affordable for this family. Not only had Pre-School B achieved four stars in the Kansas Quality Rating System, but had also achieved NAEYC accreditation. Later as I compared the two schools, the little differences between the two environments were significant. I’m hoping my CASA child can attend Pre-School B; and I’m grateful to our partners who focus on the little things that make such a big difference to children all over Kansas!
Do all children in Kansas have an opportunity to learn?
One great thing about our road trip last week was the chance to visit with 2 child care centers and a home child care provider. In Newton Kansas Amber Ives took us to visit the center housed in the Cooper Education Building and to Wee B Tots home child care. In Dodge City we went with Crissa Salmans and Deanna Berry to check out Joy! Child Development Center.
Today we head out for spring site visits...tomorrow Harvey County. We love visiting the county teams to learn about what's working and what's in the works. Keep up with us here or on our facebook page.