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Early Childhood Preschool Programs Recognized for Exemplary Practice 2003-2004

Each year the Kansas State Department of Education recognizes early childhood programs that incorporate innovative and progressive practices into their system. These practices go beyond the requirements of IDEAand are judged to be exemplary by a panel of professionals from across the state. Individual programs submit an application to be considered for this recognition, and this year one program was identified.

The McPherson Early Childhood Special Education Program, a part of McPherson County Special Education Cooperative, is recognized for its efforts in providing preschool services for children with disabilities in inclusionary environments. Over the past few years, the staff have planned in collaboration with community partners, conducted needs assessments, and systematically moved and dispersed their program into the community settings with typically developing children. This has been accomplished through creative use of staff, funds, and materials and has lead to a community capacity building effort to support young children and their families.

Contact: Marguerite Hornback, Early Childhood Center, 128 N Park, McPherson, KS 67460, phone: 620.241.9590.


Part C Early Intervention Network Recognized for Exemplary Practice

For the fifth year, the Kansas Department of Health and Environment has recognized early intervention networks in Kansas for practices that they have incorporated into their early intervention services that are progressive and go beyond the requirements of IDEA. This year, networks had the opportunity to submit an application that focused on program components that support services in natural environments. These applications were reviewed by professionals from across the state and considered for recognition. There were two programs recognized for exemplary components of their program.

The Infant/Toddler Program of the Douglas County ICC is recognized in the area of service delivery/intervention that supports services in natural environments. This program working with multiple community partners has gone through a transformation in attitudes and practices over the last few years. They identified barriers that prevented quality services resulting in a plan to effectively provide intervention services in a true transdisciplinary model. Through this model they are effective in working with families in their normal environments and daily routines.

Contact Person: Dena Bracciano, Douglas County Infant-Toddler Coordinating Council, 2619 W. 6th Street, Suite B, Lawrence, KS 66049, phone: 785.843.3059.

The Infant/Toddler Program of the Hays Area Children’s Center is recognized in the area of service delivery/intervention that supports services in natural environments. This program, in collaboration with community partners, has developed a well planned and executed service model that has made a significant investment in training of diverse partners to support children with disabilities in environments with typically developing children. This effort has relied on multiple avenues to strengthen partners to better serve all children and develop a community system.

Contact Person: Doug Greer, Hays Area Children’s Center - Infant/Toddler Program, 94 Lewis Drive, Hays, KS 67601, phone: 785.625.3257.


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