Carrollton, KY — Oct. 08, 2015 — People disagree about many things when it comes to education: How important are standardized tests? What is the best student-to-teacher ratio in a classroom? How many days of school should there be each year? On these and many other questions, there are good arguments to be made on all sides; however, when it comes to College and Career Readiness (CCR), there is not much room for debate. One of the most important reasons to get an education is to be prepared for what comes next — college or career.
The most recent accountability scores from the 2014-2015 school year show CCHS with a 76.2% CCR rate, which is almost 10% higher than the average for Kentucky high schools.
Carrollton, KY — Sept. 17, 2015 — In older times, many children did not begin learning to read until they started school, and “starting school” meant going to first grade. Everyone did not attend kindergarten, and all-day kindergarten was a rarity indeed. Preschool was almost unheard of.
Contrast this with today’s emphasis on early learning, and it is clear that many things have changed.
Today's parents are bombarded with advice of all sorts — chief of which concerns early learning. Should children listen to classical music and take piano lessons? What role does physical activity play in a child’s development? Are apps for toddlers a good idea? How important is going to preschool? While today’s parents try to wade through the conflicting information that they hear on the evening news and read on the Internet, today’s grandparents look on in bewilderment, remembering simpler, less anxiety-inducing times.
Fortunately for Kentuckians, the Governor's Task Force on Early Childhood Development and Education has clarified the situation by creating a definition of “school readiness” that gives parents a framework for understanding the skills, socialization and knowledge that children need to hit the ground running in kindergarten. This definition is research-based and measurable, so parents, educators and policy makers can objectively see what will help children reach their potential.
Sometimes called “Kindergarten Readiness,” the five developmental areas that the taskforce highlighted are the following:
Don't miss these Panther Tots events!
• Oct. 24, 2015, “Little Artist, Big Artist” — This event is an Eric Carle-themed art night, where children will interact with various artists from the community. To be held at Kathryn Winn Primary, the event starts at 5:30 p.m. with dinner served at 5:00 p.m.
• Dec. 2, 2015, “Elf on a Shelf” — Join the CCECC elves for a Christmas-themed make-and-take event where parents and children will create crafts together. The event starts at 5:30 p.m. at Kathryn Winn Primary with dinner served at 5:00 p.m.
• Jan. 13, 2016, “Let it Go” — Carroll County Public Library will host a “Frozen” night. Children are encouraged to dress like characters from Disney’s movie “Frozen.” The event starts at 5:30 p.m. with dinner served at 5:00 p.m.
• Feb. 27, 2016, “Dr. Seuss Bash” —Join CCECC and other community partners for learning activities celebrating Dr. Seuss’s birthday. Children are encouraged to dress as their favorite Dr. Seuss character. The event starts at 10:00 a.m. at Kathryn Winn Primary.
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