EARLY CHILDHOOD PROGRAMS
“Connecting families with their communities”
The staff of LESA Early Childhood Programs welcomes you and your child. This handbook
contains information about programs, staff, policies, and procedures. We look forward to a
rewarding and enjoyable year.
CONTENTS OF PARENT HANDBOOK
LESA Early Childhood Programs
Program Calendar 2013-2014
Early Childhood Philosophy
Health and Family Services
Child Health, Safety, Nutrition
Frequently Used Numbers
Early Childhood Preschool Programs
LESA Early Childhood Programs include Head Start and the Great Start Readiness Program. These comprehensive child development programs provide preschool options for three year olds up to age eligibility for kindergarten and their families ? day AM and PM sessions, school day (4 days a week), and extended day (5 days a week). Classrooms are located throughout Livingston County (not all options are available at all locations).
Children have an opportunity to participate in planned activities in all areas of development (social, emotional, language, cognitive and physical) as well as community trips to explore the wider environment.
LESA Early Childhood Programs believe a child’s health influences their ability to learn and grow. Attention to nutrition, medical and dental health, and the child’s overall well being supports learning. A comprehensive medical and dental exam is required. While in school, children have a hot lunch and breakfast or afternoon snack. Our staff can assist families in obtaining medical and dental services.
Parents can help plan activities in the classroom for children, plan with teachers and staff during home visits and parent/teacher conferences, volunteer in the classroom, or participate on committees or Policy Council.
In addition to volunteering in the classroom and on committees, there are learning opportunities for families on different topics such as health, nutrition, child development, community resources, and job readiness.
LESA Early Childhood Programs are grant funded by Federal and State through the Livingston Educational Service Agency. These programs offer comprehensive preschool programs for children between the ages of three and five. Documentation needed for enrollment include: completed application, verification of income, up to date immunization record and birth certificate or record of birth.
LESA Early Childhood Programs realize unexpected circumstances arise, please contact your Family Advocate if your child will no longer attend.
Cost of Program
LESA Early Childhood Programs are no cost (or minimal for those families above the 250% poverty threshold), comprehensive preschool programs offered through Livingston Educational Service Agency.
LESA EARLY CHILDHOOD PROGRAMS - CALENDAR 2013-2014
August 12- September 6Teacher Home Visits/Parent Orientation
August 30-September 2Agency Closed
September 4Fowlerville, Howell (LESA Ed Center), Three Fires, and Lakeland Federal Programs
Begin 45 minute sessions/Parent transport
September 9Brighton (State), Fowlerville (State), Gregory, Hartland (State), Howell(LESA Ed
Center State), Howell Extended Day, Three Fires(State), Lakeland (State)
Begin 45 minute sessions/Parent transport
November 27-29Agency and Programs Closed for Thanksgiving Break
December 19Last Session Day for Children before Winter Break except Howell Extended DayDecember 23-Jan. 5Agency and Programs Closed-Winter Break
January 6All Programs Resume
February 17Winter Pause (TENTATIVE)
February 18All Programs Resume
April 14-April 18thSpring Break
April 21Programs Resume
May 22Last Day for Brighton (State), Fowlerville (state), Gregory, Hartland (State), Howell
(LESA Ed Center State), Lakeland (State), Three Fires(State) May 23Last Day for Howell Extended School Day Programs
May 26Agency and Programs Closed-Memorial Day
May 30Last Day for Fowlerville, Howell, Lakeland, and Three Fires Federal ProgramsFriday Sessions: All classrooms attend Oct. 18, Feb. 21, March 21
Double Sessions attend on Friday, September 6.
CENTRAL OFFICE – HOWELL
6841Office CoordinatorDotty Langdottylang@livingstonesa.org?
6847Program CoordinatorTeresa GrosticteresaGrostic@livingstonesa.org
Patricia Jansen6845 Health Coordinatorpatriciajansen@livingstonesa.org
6843Mental Health CoordinatorJennifer Langejenniferlange@livingstonesa.org
6852Family AdvocateLiz Shadowenslizshadowens@livingstonesa.org
6853Family AdvocateLisa Spohnlisaspohn@livingstonesa.org
6824Family AdvocateLori Gnegylorignegy@livingstonesa.org
Dawn Family Advocate 6828Hardin
Program Support Assistantsandymccubbin@livingstonesa.or
LESA Early Childhood Programs
Teresa Grostic - 517-540-6847
Childhood Staff believe children learn best through play. Research shows the links between play and basic abilities such as memory, self-regulation, oral language development, social skills and success in school.
Children are active all day long using their entire bodies and senses. Children explore, investigate and discover their natural surroundings, laying the foundation for future learning and success in life.
•Each child is a unique individual with an individual pattern of growth and development.
•Each child has unique experiences and interests.
•Each child learns best when experiences and information is meaningful.
•Learning is a life-long process resulting from the interaction of the individual’s own thinking
•Parents are the child’s primary educators; a strong, positive relationship between parents
and teachers facilitates and supports the child’s learning and growth.
Our teachers use Creative Curriculum as a framework to plan learning experiences in an environment where children have opportunities to learn and practice new skills. Creative Curriculum is based on 38 objectives for development and learning, which are fully aligned with the Head Start Child Development and Early Learning Framework as well as early learning standards
It offers daily opportunities to individualize instruction, helping teachers meet the for every state.
needs of every type of learner. This curriculum addresses all the important areas of learning, from
social-emotional and math to technology and the arts, and incorporates them throughout every part of every day. Creative Curriculum offers complete support for working with English- and dual-
language learners, including detailed guidance that helps to build teachers’ knowledge about best practices. It also contains guidance for working with all learners, including advanced learners and children with disabilities.
We also incorporate, “I Am Moving I Am Learning (IMIL)”, which is a proactive approach for addressing childhood obesity in Head Start children. IMIL seeks to increase daily moderate to vigorous physical activity (MVPA), improve the quality of movement activities intentionally planned and facilitated by adults, and promote healthy food choices every day.
We also integrate the “Second Step Early Learning Program,” which teaches self-regulation and executive-function skills that help children learn and skills to manage their feelings, make friends, and solve problems.
In order to provide the most successful classroom experiences, teachers gather information from a brief developmental screening called the Early Screening Inventory (completed during the child’s
first home visit) and complete the Ages and Stages questionnaire: A screening tool used to provide
a brief look into the social emotional development of your preschool child.
The Work Sampling Assessment System: uses teacher observations and family input to plan
activities and track children’s progress throughout the year. Parents and teachers work together to set goals for children at parent teacher conferences or home visits.
Livingston Great Start Collaborative
Kindergarten Readiness Committee
Domains and Indicators
Physical Well-being and Motor Development
Developing age appropriate fine motor skills (ex. developing the ability to work with pencils, scissors) Growing in hand-eye coordination in building with blocks, putting together puzzles, reproducing shapes and patterns, stringing beads and using scissors.
Demonstrating a growing independence in self-care when eating, dressing, washing hands, and toileting. (ex. Is able to put on coat and zip it)
Social and Emotional Development
Often or very often exhibits positive social behaviors when interacting with others
Developing ability to self-regulate and manage strong feelings.
Is able to follow simple rules and routines and manage transitions.
Displaying a growing awareness of where his/her body is in relation to others and the consequences of his/her movements and actions.
Approaches to Learning
Approaching tasks with initiative and curiosity (or Is willing and eager to try new things)Displaying a growing capacity to maintain concentration and attention.
Developing ability to transition from one task to another.
Developing an ability to follow directions for individual, small and large group activities.Speaking and Communicating (Language Development)
Showing progress in expressing feelings, needs and opinions in a range of situations including conflicts with others.
Using expanded vocabulary and language for a variety of purposes.
Progressing in abilities to initiate and respond appropriately in conversations and discussions with peers and adults.
Cognitive and General Knowledge
Beginning to understand the relationship between numbers, letters, sounds and words.Experimenting with a variety of writing tools and materials, such a crayons, pencils and computers. Developing a growing understanding of the different functions of forms of print such as books, signs, letters, newspapers, lists, messages, and menus.
Developed by the Kindergarten Readiness Ad Hoc Committee (Great Start Collaborative – Livingston) August, 2009.
Resources: Head Start Outcomes Framework, Work Sampling, ESI – R, Getting Ready – Findings from the National School Readiness Indicators).
FAMILY AND COMMUNITY PARTNERSHIPS
Teresa Grostic - (517) 540-6847
Research shows parent involvement supports a child’s success in school. You are your child’s first teacher. Our programs may be your child’s first school experience and we invite you to support your child’s learning by:
•Attending parent activities throughout our Early Childhood Community
•Volunteering in the classroom
•Participating in center parent meetings and learning opportunities throughout the year.
•Serving on the Early Childcare & Community Partner Committee, Heath Services
Advisory committee, or Policy Council
•Planning classroom activities
•Driving your child to school and school related activities
•Encouraging learning and exploring at home
•Completing the “Connections” family activity sheet every month
Volunteering in the classroom gives you an opportunity to share your gifts, talents, and unique perspectives with others. Your presence shows your child how important school is to you. Parents participate in their child’s education and support staff in a variety of ways. Men uniquely contribute to the healthy development of children. Boys and girls that grow up with an involved father and an involved mother have advanced physical and mental skills, better physical mental health, are better problem solvers, and are more confident, curious, and empathetic. They also show greater moral sensitivity and self-control (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 2004).
Moms and LESA Early Childhood Staff can encourage men to become more involved with their children, with their families, and with activities. Fathers, grandfathers, uncles, brothers, other relatives, or other male friends can all be important contributors to your child’s life. Please feel free to ask any questions or share concerns you may have with your child’s teacher or
family advocate. The following provides some basic information about volunteering and some of our program policies.
LESA Early Childhood staff and volunteers are expected to maintain confidentiality at all times. Head Start Performance Standards, Section 1304.3-8 (b)(4), Confidentiality of Records and the Livingston Educational Service Agency Procedures and Policies, Section D, 1-5(b) Access to Records.
;When volunteering you agree to maintain confidentiality by never divulging any information
or records concerning any of the children or families without proper written authorization.
;The unauthorized release of confidential information may result in disqualifying you from
spending time in the classroom. (Head Start Performance Standards Section 1304.3-8(B)(4)
LESA Board Policy
Classroom Volunteer Duties
;Encourage children to take off coats and put away their belongings and help when
;Direct children to get name tags, bathroom and wash hands
;Direct children to large group area.
;Sit with children at large group area.
;Sing with the children; tell stories, talk, etc.
;Help children follow directions. Assist teacher to make this a successful part of the day..
;During this time volunteers are encouraged to participate in appropriate play
activities with the children. Let the child choose and lead the activity. Make sure
play is safe for all children and volunteers.
;Encourage everyone to clean up: give children containers that need to be filled with
;As children finish cleaning up direct them to an adult at the next scheduled activity
(i.e., large group/small group time, table, line-up).
Preparing to go outside
;Encourage children to dress themselves and help them when necessary.
;Send them to line up to go outside.
;Help children walk to the playground. Position yourself in the middle of the
;Help watch the children especially when we walk next to a road or cross the
;Help children follow road and safety rules.
;On the playground, participate in child led activities or assist in monitoring children’s
;Sit at the tables with students and staff.
;Model table manners and family style eating.
;If quantities allow, take a small amount of food to encourage healthy eating habits.Prepare To Go Home
;Encourage children to put on their coats, collect belongings and artwork.
;Line up to go home.
;Immediately alert a teacher or other staff when there is a hazardous situation.
;It is beneficial for you to have a basic understanding of first aid and choking
;Universal Precautions are used at all times when dealing with blood or body fluids.