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Early Childhood Program Recognized for Best Practice 2009-2010

SEK Interlocal #637 – Pittsburg, Kansas 
Awarded for School/Community Collaboration

In February 2010 the Kansas State Department of Education identified one preschool program for their educational services from applications across the state. These applications were to reflect interventions or services that are conducted in a manner that is considered “best practice” in the field of early childhood special education. The announcement was made at the annual meeting of the Kansas Division for Early Childhood, a state chapter of the Division for Early Childhood of the National Council for Exceptional Children.

All early childhood programs in the State of Kansas, serving children with disabilities, were asked to submit an application to the State Department of Education and identify a best practice that they demonstrate in their service program. Each application submitted was reviewed by a panel of professionals from across the State. All applications were scored according to specific criteria and then recommendations were made as to the recipients of the award. This program will receive a certificate of recognition and $1,000 to use as an added resource for their services.

The community-based preschool program in Arma, Kansas, a multi-agency collaborative program of SEKInterlocal # 637, Arma School District, SEK-CAP Head Start, Southeast Kansas Education Service Center, Family Resource Center, Community Mental Health Center of Crawford County, and Expanded Foods and Nutrition Extension Program is recognized in the area of School/Community Collaboration. Over the past few years this program has undertaken and accomplished a change in the planning and delivery of preschool services. The program is based on a seamless service model and continuity of educational services for all preschool children in the community. The program was built on the unique strengths of each partner, which established this unique program that interfaces staff allocations, materials, and resources while serving children in an individually and developmentally appropriate preschool environment.

Contact Person: Debbie Potter, SEK Interlocal #637, 1600 N Walnut, Pittsburg, Kansas 66762, Phone: 620.235.3152


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