MERIDEN — Elizabeth Williamson boarded a white Meriden YMCA mini-bus Thursday morning with a number of school, community and city officials.
Williamson, a senior educational program specialist for the U.S. Department of Education, visited two public schools, the Meriden Hub site and the Meriden Family Zone, all by noon. She said she was impressed with the school district’s initiatives and collaboration with community organizations.
MERIDEN — Donnie Dupree is not your typical elementary school teacher. For starters, he’s male.
Dupree is a first-year kindergarten teacher. He taught in the district last year as a long-term substitute in the first grade and was hired at the end of last year to teach at Israel Putnam School. He’s the district’s only male kindergarten teacher.
“They’re so enthusiastic,” Dupree said about teaching small children. “They’re excited to learn and they want to learn.”
In 2009, COFI released the report, Why Isn’t Johnny in Preschool? The report details the barriers for low-income families to accessing early education programs. This year, COFI released a secondary report, How We Got Johnny, Jada and Jose Into Preschool. Through two innovative pilot projects, participation is increasing for low-income, at-risk children in quality early learning programs in Illinois. This briefing explores the programs and the impact those programs have had on at-risk children.
The United States faces many urgent educational and economic challenges. Ranking high on that is the need to create a high-quality early learning system that reaches many more children than the current system permits.
Is your child entering a preschool program for the first time? Use these tips to help both you and your child make a smooth transition.
Visit your local library during a read-aloud time so your child gets used to hearing someone other than mom, dad, or grandpa read a book aloud in a group setting.
Establish a routine of "early to bed" and “school wake-up time” several weeks before school begins so your child has time to adjust to the new schedule.