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“Setting a foundation for success one building block at a time.”. Kenmore – Tonawanda Universal Pre-Kindergarten (UPK). UPK CBO Teachers and Locations. Mary Ennis Edison Sherrie Green Hamilton Kristin Duggan Hamilton Tracy Caruana Holmes Melissa Kirisits Holmes

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Setting a foundation for success one building block at a time

“Setting a foundation for success one building block at a time.”

Kenmore – Tonawanda Universal Pre-Kindergarten (UPK)


Upk cbo teachers and locations
UPK CBO Teachers and Locations time.”

  • Mary Ennis Edison

  • Sherrie Green Hamilton

  • Kristin Duggan Hamilton

  • Tracy Caruana Holmes

  • Melissa Kirisits Holmes

  • Katie Kuhrt Franklin

  • Jessica Miller Franklin

  • Jessica Clark Roosevelt

  • Dana Metz Jefferson


Upk program highlights
UPK Program Highlights time.”

  • Purpose

    • To promote high quality, developmentally appropriate programs for four-year-olds in KTT

  • Grant Funded Program

  • First year of implementation

    • September 2001

    • Expanded from 7 – 9 classes


Current enrollment 12 13
Current Enrollment ’12-’13 time.”

  • We currently have 287 students in program

    • This is a 1% decrease in student enrollment from year-to-year

  • 29 students are classified with an IEP

    • This is a 1% increase in classified students from year-to-year


Upk program highlights1
UPK Program Highlights time.”

  • Operates 2.5 hours per day, five days a week, for 180 days a year

  • Transportation is not provided

  • One teacher and one aide in each classroom

  • Class size will not exceed 18 students

  • Students must be four-years of age on or before December 1st in the year of enrollment

  • All selected students must be required to meet NYS health and immunization requirements and screened as new entrants


Upk program highlights2
UPK Program Highlights time.”

  • Thematic Curriculum aligned to CCLS that highlights:

    • Social-Emotional Development

    • Cognitive Development

    • Language/Speech Development

    • Fine/Gross Motor Skill Development

    • Self-Help Skills

    • Play


Upk program highlights3

State Reporting: Final Report time.”

Finances

Enrollment Figures

Screening Results

Progress Monitoring Results

Outcomes

Tools Utilized

UPK Program Highlights


Upk team requirements
UPK Team Requirements time.”

  • All teachers are certified in early childhood education

  • All teachers attend District planned professional development

  • All teachers participate in LASW sessions


Upk assessment
UPK Assessment time.”

  • DIAL Screening

  • Behavioral Checklist aligned with Characteristics of a Successful Learner on our Progress Report

  • Fox in the Box Letters and Numbers as a benchmark assessment/progress monitoring tool

  • Progress Report in January and June as a progress monitoring tool


Upk ela assessment results 11 12
UPK ELA Assessment Results 11’-12’ time.”

  • Tool: FOX Letters and Numbers

  • Scoring: Achieved, In Progress, Not Achieved

  • Sub-tests: Oral Language, Phonological Awareness, Alphabet Knowledge, Print Awareness

  • Overall Language and Literacy Performance

    • 41% increase from pre to post assessment at the achieved level


Upk math assessment results 11 12
UPK Math Assessment Results 11’-12’ time.”

  • Tool: FOX Letters and Numbers

  • Scoring: Achieved, In Progress, Not Achieved

  • Sub-tests: Numbers and Operations, Geometry, Measurement, Algebra, Data Analysis and Problem Solving

  • Overall Mathematical Performance

    • 46% increase from pre to post assessment at the achieved level


Upk assessment results 11 12
UPK Assessment Results 11’-12’ time.”

  • Social Skills Tool: Behavioral Checklist that is aligned with the Characteristics of a Successful Learner on the Progress Report

    • 14 Characteristics

  • Scoring: Beginning, Developing, Secure

  • Results: On average, a 48% increase scoring “Secure” from pre to post administration


Application process
Application Process time.”

  • Section 3602-e of Education Law requires that school districts must establish a process to select eligible children to receive UPK services on a random basis when there are more eligible children than can be served in a given school year.

  • Applications for eligible children will be selected by lottery, if there are more applicants than program spots.

  • Applicants not initially accepted into the program will be placed on a waiting list. Special requests may also be placed on a waiting list.


Application process1
Application Process time.”

  • Timeline

    • January 2013: Registration

      • Date set by Central Registration

    • March 2013: Program Acceptance Letters

      • Notification that they have secured a spot

    • June 2013: Placement Letters

      • Building, teacher, times, and orientation dates

      • Moved up from August

        • Personnel, State allocation, Final building placement


What has changed for upk
What has changed for UPK? time.”

  • Teachers

  • Collaboration and my role

  • Estimated savings of $135,000 for ’12-’13

  • Questions?


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