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Application of Best Practice in Early Childhood Services 2014-2015

Awarded for Services 2014-2015

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 considered to be best practice in the fields of early intervention and early childhood special education. As in the past, early intervention/tiny-k programs and early childhood special education 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 services during the annual meeting of the Kansas Division for Early Childhood, in Wichita on Thursday, March 5, 2015. 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 Wyandotte County Infant Toddler Services was recognized for the application of best practice in partnering with other community programs in collaboration and coordination of early intervention services. This program has developed and fostered extensive outreach efforts to other community service providers to enhance and expand their services. These efforts have resulted in increased communication, removed barriers, and increased the number of children and families served. Further, staff engaged in shared activities across agencies to increase the awareness of the work of each of the partner organizations.

Contact: Scott Kedrowski, Wyandotte County Infant Toddler Services, USD 500, 2220 N. 59th St., Suite 114, Kansas City, KS 66104, (913) 627-5510

Part B – Early Childhood Preschool Programs

The Ottawa School District was recognized for the provision of services for young children with disabilities in the least restrictive environment (LRE). Grounded in a strong philosophical base and referenced to the early childhood outcomes, the district progressed through a number of identified steps to create a continuum of services focusing on LRE. Services have been transformed from self-contained classrooms to services within typical preschool classrooms. The program is referenced to the Kansas Early Learning Guidelines and supported by an evidenced-based curriculum that is supplemented by a specific curriculum for social skills development. Additionally, a mentor supports new staff and specific time is designed for staff to meet and plan. This transformation is in "recognition that without appropriate peer models in a typical preschool classroom, effective outcomes for students with disabilities are improbable at best".

Contact: Daniel Wray, Ottawa School District 290, Early Childhood Education, 1404 Ash St., Ottawa, KS 66067, (785) 229-8110

The Shawnee Mission School District was recognized for the application of technology in the education of preschool age students with disabilities. This program has implemented the use of video modeling to support the learning and skill acquisition of children with autism. Through the application of this identified evidence–based practice, the staff of the Shawnee Mission Instructional Support Center have supported student skill development in a variety of developmental areas. The video modeling strategy has resulted in positive progress by individual students on their Individualized Education Plans.

Contact: Lea Ann Combs, Shawnee Mission School District, Shawnee Mission Instructional Support Center, 9700 W 96th St. Shawnee Mission, KS 66212-5199, (913) 993-6200

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