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Application of Best Practice in Early Childhood Services 2013-2014

Awarded for Services 2013-2014

Each year the Kansas Department of Health and Environment and the Kansas Inservice Training System, based on applications from across the state, recognize early intervention tiny-k programs for the application of best practices related to their services. These applications reflect interventions or services that are conducted in a manner considered best practice in the field of early intervention. As in the past, tiny-k 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 in the state received the honor this year.

Three programs were honored for their educational services during the annual meeting of the Kansas Division for Early Childhood, in Wichita on Friday, February 28, 2014. 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 Infant Toddler Services of Johnson County (ITSJC) is recognized for the application of best practice in partnering with community child care programs for child find and screening services. ITSJC has developed and fostered an extensive program of reaching out to the child care community to enhance and expand their screening services. One of the ITSJC staff has focused job responsibilities to guide these services, interact with child care providers, and conduct screening in community settings. This program also utilizes online support for management of the screening information.

Contact: Amy Owens, Infant Toddler Services of Johnson County, 6400 Glenwood, Suite 205, Overland Park, KS, 66202, (913) 432-2900 extension 104

The Shawnee County tiny-k Program at TARC is recognized for the application of best practice in partnering with community services to support parents. TARC's infant toddler program has developed a collaborative partnership with their CDDO to engage community services in support of individual and specific family needs. These community services are designed to support parents with intellectual disabilities and families that can benefit from respite services. In addition, in the effort to support and strengthen family engagement, a training event focused on parent and professional partnerships was conducted.

Contact: Kathy Johnson, Shawnee Co. tiny-k at TARC, 2701 SW Randolph, Topeka, KS, 66611, (785) 232-0597

Part B – Early Childhood Preschool Programs

Each year the Kansas State Department of Education and the Kansas Inservice Training System, based on applications from across the state, recognize 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 considered best practice in the field of early childhood special education. As in the past, 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. One program in the state received the honor this year.

The Early Childhood Program of the Wamego Special Services Cooperative is recognized for development of a focused program evaluation plan that has led to significant changes and resulted in program improvement. The program first reviewed their core beliefs related to services for children and families. Based on this review, staff identified specific goals they wanted to achieve regarding improvements in their services and then monitored progress toward those goals. Paired with this work was the implementation of a comprehensive staff development program to support skill development and application of those skills in the everyday work environment.

Contact: Rebekah Helget, Special Services Cooperative Early Childhood Programs, 510 East Hwy 24, Wamego, KS 66547, (785) 456-9195


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