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Application of Best Practice in Early Childhood Services 2011-2012

Awarded for Services 2011-2012

Each year the Kansas Department of Health and Environment, the Kansas State Department of Education and the Kansas Inservice Training System, based on applications from across the state, recognize early intervention tiny-k programs and early childhood special education programs for the application of best practices related to their services. These applications reflect interventions or services that are conducted in a manner that is considered best practice in the field of early childhood special education. As in the past, both tiny-k networks and preschool programs had the opportunity to submit an application that focused on one area from a number of program components. These applications were reviewed by professionals from across the state and considered for recognition.

Three programs were honored for their educational services during the annual meeting of the Kansas Division for Early Childhood, in Wichita on Friday, February 24, 2012. Each program received a certificate of recognition and $1,250 to use as an added resource for their services.

Part C – Early Intervention tiny-k Program

The Pottawatomie/Wabaunsee Infant-Toddler Services are recognized for application of best practice in the area of professional development. This program is using the medium of video recording in the development of colleague-to-colleague coaching and performance feedback. Through the use of video, professionals partner with peers to reflect on their early intervention practices while focusing on strengths of each other and building trusting working relationships. This program uses the primary coaching model while focusing on skills of staff in working with families.

Contact: Anna Nippert, Pottawatomie/Wabaunsee Infant-Toddler Services, 510 E Hwy 24, Wamego, KS 66547, Phone: 785.456.7366

Part B – Early Childhood Preschool Programs

The Teaching Intensive Programming and Play Skills - Early Childhood Special Education Program of the Olathe Public School District is recognized for the application of the principles of a continuum of services and least restrictive environments for young children with autism. This program is designed with the overall goal of preparing children with autism to be prepared to enter their neighborhood school when they reach kindergarten. Based on the individual strengths and needs of each child the early childhood program provided the necessary level of support for the child to be successful. Each component of this program is designed to support each child in the service program that is least restrictive and meeting their learning goals while progressively moving to an inclusionary service setting.

Contact: Carol Affholder, Early Childhood Special Education Services, Olathe Public Schools, 1700 W Sheridan, Olathe, KS 66061, Phone: 913.780.7403

The Jackson Heights Early Childhood Special Education Class is recognized for application of best practice in the Developmentally Appropriate Activities in Pre-Science. The Kids Investigating and Discovering Science program was developed through a strong partnership with the school's administration as well as the high school science class. This innovative program for fostering pre-science skills with preschool age children has specifically identified outcomes for the preschool age children as well as their high school learning partners. The program's outcomes reflect the Kansas Early Learning Guidelines and are designed to foster social/emotional skill development as well as foundational concepts for science pre-academic skills.

Contact: Kay Smith, Jackson Heights Early Childhood Special Education Services, 12763 266th Rd, Holton, KS 66436, Phone: 785.364.8162

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