PACE Head Start Prepares Children for Kindergarten
Pace’s school readiness goals were developed based on input from kindergarten teachers, community professionals, and parents from our service area. Examples of goals include; writes first name correctly, retells a story in correct order of events, and follows limits and expectations. Teachers plan individualized instruction to help children advance. Each goal is aligned with Indiana State Early Learning Foundations of Education and the Head Start Early Learning Outcome Framework. In Head Start, School Readiness Assessments are completed three times a year, measuring children’s skill level in domains such as social/emotional, physical, cognitive, approaches to learning, mathematics, language and literacy. Tanya Bezy, Head Start Program Manager, states, “Teachers assess children across over 60 objectives and we focus on 11 main objectives tied to our school readiness goals.”
Data from the 2016/17 school year show that children are making significant gains toward meeting the goals. In the fall, only 17% of the children going to kindergarten met the goal: retells a story in correct order of events. At the end of the school year, that percentage increased to 78%. Without Head Start many of these children would not have received preschool services. The below chart reflects Pace Head Start children’s progress in meeting the school readiness goals over the 2016/17 school year.
For more information about Head Start or any of the services provided by Pace, call us at (812) 882-7927 or visit our website at www.pacecaa.org.
Pace Community Action Agency, Inc. is a private not-for-profit Community Action Agency established to provide support services to improve the community and encourage self-reliance. Services are provided without regard to race, age, color, religion, sex, disability, national origin, ancestry, or status as a veteran.
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