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1 1 Kentucky Preschool Program Review (P2R) An Introduction

2 Program Review: Compliance Review of the Preschool Program is required by the preschool regulations (704 KAR 3:410 Section 9) “A local school district preschool program shall be subject to evaluation by the Department of Education to determine the effectiveness of the statewide preschool program”

3 Preschool Program Review (P2R) Purpose  Regulation compliance  High quality classrooms Process  Online Preschool Program Review Report (P2R2); KDE onsite visit and/or desk audit  Classroom observations using ECERS-R

4 The Preschool Program Review (P2R) Document a glimpse

5 Preschool Program Review At A Glance Staff attends ECERS-R training District Raters achieve inter- rater reliability Conduct baseline observations (optional) Staff attends ECERS-R training District Raters achieve inter- rater reliability Conduct baseline observations (optional)

6 Preschool Program Review At A Glance District evaluates all classrooms using the ECERS- R (using interrater reliable ECERS-R observers)

7 Preschool Program Review At A Glance RTCs conduct ECERS-R on 30% of classrooms (random sample) during the cohort year with one observation per site District completes on-line Preschool Program Review Report (P2R) (self-assessment tool for the preschool regs on FileMaker Pro)

8 Preschool Program Review At A Glance KDE reviews Preschool Program Review (P2R) Report and other documents KDE assigns district site visits Note: Not all districts will receive onsite visit KDE reviews Preschool Program Review (P2R) Report and other documents KDE assigns district site visits Note: Not all districts will receive onsite visit

9 KDE provides district with commendations, recommendations and findings based on review District completes Action Plan addressing any findings. Note: Districts may write action plans as they complete the P2R doc. District completes Action Plan addressing any findings. Note: Districts may write action plans as they complete the P2R doc. Preschool Program Review At A Glance

10 3 3 Why is KDE using the ECERS-R It is an indicator of High Quality Programs “Provides a safe and nurturing environment that promotes the physical, social, emotional, aesthetic, intellectual, and language development of each child while being sensitive to the needs and preferences of families.” NAEYC (1996) Environment is more than furniture and materials – includes interactions and activities!

11 3 3 ECERS-R Process Quality Environment Activities Schedule Interactions Process Quality Environment Activities Schedule Interactions Needs of Children Health & safety Build relationships Stimulation & experiential learning Needs of Children Health & safety Build relationships Stimulation & experiential learning Comprehensive, observation-based instrument

12 3. Furnishings for relaxation and comfort Inadequate 12 Minimal 34 Good 56 Excellent No soft furnishings to children 3.1 Some soft furnishings accessible to children 5.1 Cozy areas accessible to children for a substantial portion of the day 7.1Soft furnishings in addition to cozy area accessible to children 1.2 No soft toys accessible to children 3.2 Some soft toys accessible to children 5.2 Cozy area is not used for active physical play 7.2Many clean, soft toys accessible to children 5.3 Most soft furnishings are clean and in good repair You EARN Yes’s

13 Key Things to Remember  Not a test  Picture of “real life” for children in your classroom  Can’t “fix” everything  ECERS-R is a tool to identify areas for improvement  KDE goal is “5”  Doesn’t mean you will start there  Some classrooms will get there, others won’t 8 8

14 Preschool Program Review (P2R) Process  The state goal is a 5.0 average on the ECERS-R. Remember this is a goal.

15 Cohort 1 ( ) # classes# sites# visits Ashland512 Boyd1334 Breathitt1144 Greenup544

16 P2R Timeline Apr-June Aug - Oct Jan-FebSpring Initial training District Inter-rater reliability by Oct 1 District conducts ECERS Observations (all classrooms) District completes Online P2R and gathers documents RTC conducts ECERS Observations (30% of classrooms at all sites)

17 P2R Timeline May Summer Aug - Nov Dec KDE Internal review of P2R Report. P2R Desk Reviews released to the districts Summer District completes Action Plan KDE Desk review of P2R districts Cohort III KDE Site Visits and Consolidated Monitoring site visits (Jan 15- May 15

18 Contact information: Annie Rooney French Or the preschool consultants with the Kentucky Department of Education Or your local Regional Training Center

19 Questions?


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