Early Childhood Education receives Certificate of Achievement
Step Ahead Recognition System
Once again, The Child Development Division of the Department for Children and Families awarded the ANWSU Early Childhood Education Program a Certificate of Achievement for demonstrated accomplishments in providing quality child care above and beyond compliance with the State of Vermont’s basic regulatory standard for licensed center. Congratulations!
The Supervisory Union supports a center- based, 5-STAR, licensed Early Childhood Education Program. The ECE/ EEE program serves 3 and 4 year old children from Addison, Ferrisburgh, Panton, Vergennes, and Waltham. Our young children are grouped heterogeneously, each group consisting of children with various special needs and differing levels of development, children considered “at risk”, and some children who are developing typically. Our numbers range between 28-36 and, currently, we are providing services for 32 children and families. Accomplishments abound as our children constantly amaze and entertain us with their insights, sensitivities, and knowledge.
Once enrolled, children have access to a variety of related services. The Early Childhood team works closely with the Counseling Service of Addison County through School- Based Clinician and Intensive School Support services, the Vermont Association of the Blind, Children's Integrated Services: Early Intervention and Mental Health, the Division of Children and Families, Headstart, Children with Special Health Needs, Occupational and Physical Therapists, Speech and Language Pathologists, our local Homeless Shelter, and our receiving Elementary Schools.
Kindergarten Transition Coordinator
Addison Northwest Supervisory Union employs a Kindergarten Transition Coordinator to work one day a week during the school year. The primary role of the Transition Coordinator is to identify all children who reside within the Supervisory Union and will be eligible to enter Kindergarten the upcoming school year. This not only gives families a connection with ANWSU prior to their child starting school, but also allows the schools to begin planning and budgeting for the following year. During the 2010-11 school year, the Transition Coordinator made contact with 55 families whose children were entering Kindergarten in the fall of 2011.
Additionally, the Transition Coordinator makes monthly visits to local registered/licensed childcare programs that have preschool aged children enrolled. These visits include age-appropriate activities including stories, songs, games and art projects. The Transition Coordinator also delivers a bag of children's books to each childcare during the monthly visits, through collaboration with the Bixby Library. During the 2011-2012 school year, the Transition Coordinator made contact with 19 preschool children and 5 early education providers during these visits.
The Transition Coordinator also worked collaboratively with the superintendent, local preschool directors and the Vermont Community Preschool Collaborative to write a grant to expand preschool opportunities to the children in our communities. The ANWSU was awarded $15,000 to help off-set tuition costs for local children to attend preschool programs during the 2012-2013 school year. These funds will allow children to attend preschool at one of our collaborating programs for little to no cost to the family.
A new project the Transition Coordinator took on this year was creating a pamphlet, "Getting a Great Start in the Vergennes Area" that includes a variety of information about the early education programs and related services that are available to the families within the Supervisory Union. These pamphlets will be available at local Town Clerks Offices, the public library, doctor’s offices, preschools, childcares and elementary schools.