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Application of Best Practice in Early Childhood Services 2012-2013

Awarded for Services 2012-2013

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.

Two 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 Rainbows United, Inc., Sedgwick County Infant/Toddler Program is recognized for the application of best practice in the area of professional development for new employees. Rainbows United designed a training program for all new staff that has an identified orientation, sequence of training events/activities, and identified outcomes for the new employee to complete. Through a series of scheduled readings, observations, joint home visits with experienced professionals, and feedback by seasoned staff, new staff are mentored over a sixty-day orientation. Following successful completion of this training period, the new staff member is then assigned his or her own children and families with whom to work.

Contact: Debbie Mai, Rainbows United, Inc., 2258 Lakeway Circle, Wichita, KS, 67205, Phone: (316) 945-7117 Ext. 134.

Part B – Early Childhood Preschool Programs

The Blue Valley Early Childhood Apple Tree Program of the Blue Valley School District is recognized for the application of web-based technology in supporting parents to engage their child in play and support their child's development. This program is designed as a bridge between home and school with the overall outcome of providing an on-demand, flexible, and supportive system for delivering activities and materials parents can use to engage their child. The website, which is the backbone of this project, is open to all parents of Blue Valley early childhood programs. The activities on the website have been linked to the Kansas Early Childhood Standards and are designed to promote engagement and social interaction.

Contact: Nancy Miller, Blue Valley Public Schools, 14950 Newton Drive, Overland, Park, KS, 66283, Phone: (913) 239-4328.

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