District Exceeds State in Kindergarten Readiness

District Exceeds State in Kindergarten Readiness
Posted on 01/16/2020
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Superintendent Danny Adkins talks about the 2019 district results of the BRIGANCE Screen III, the state screener given to all children upon entering Kindergarten.


Adkins comments, “We’re happy to once again say that more of the students exiting our Head Start and Pre School classrooms are ready for Kindergarten than the state average. Kentucky’s overall average is 51% and the average for all children in Floyd County is 56.4%. However, for Head Start students in Kentucky, 47.3% of the students exiting Head Start programs are ready for Kindergarten but 81.8% of ours are ready. Lastly, students exiting preschool programs are 51.4% ready while in our district, that number is 75.6%.”


Adkins talked about why these numbers are important for parents saying, “We want everyone to understand that school is different than it used to be, even a few years ago. Now, children need to know and be able to do certain things before they start school so that they are ready to learn. This screening and being ready is all about helping children start school where they need to be. Starting behind, or not Kindergarten Ready, means that kids are going to be playing catch up on day 1 of their education and that’s not where we want our kids to be.”


Adkins continued, “We believe our Bornlearning and our Tiny Academies and our work with the Floyd County Community Early Childhood Council have helped parents know and do more. We just need to make sure that all of our parents know about these opportunities.”


“Another way we are trying to help parents know what is expected and how they can help their children is with our book that goes home with every child born at Highlands ARH Hospital. This book has the code for resources for parents of young children. We include early childhood education with our Lunch, Literacy and Learning summer program and KET has been a great partner to us,” Adkins said. He praised the Floyd County Schools’ Early Childhood departments saying, “We have an amazing director of the department in Anna Shepherd. She leads and supports everyone in that department and there is no bigger advocate for early childhood education than Anna. She and her team do a fantastic job preparing these students to be ready.”


For children exiting childcare facilities, Floyd County had 67.6% ready and the state average was 69.2%. Children who had been at home prior to Kindergarten were 53.8% in Floyd County as compared to the 35.9% state average.


Adkins ended thanking those in the early childhood division of the district saying, “Thank you to our Head Start and Preschool teachers and instructional assistants! We appreciate the job you are doing and the opportunities you are providing for our youngest students. We want to recognize those classrooms who had 90% or more of their students ready for Kindergarten because they exceeded their goal.”


Allen Elementary: Mary Bentley and Jessica Partin, 100% Ready

Betsy Layne Elementary: April Borowski and Brittany Tackett, 100% Ready

May Valley Elementary: Rhonda Begley and Beth Martin, 100% Ready

Betsy Layne Elementary: Carlene Johnson and Jessica Tackett, 92% Ready

John M Stumbo Elementary: Stephanie Slone and Michelle Newsome, 92% Ready

South Floyd Elementary: Tammy Gearheart and Misty Daniels, 92% Ready


For more information on how to help your child be ready for Kindergarten, visit our Early Childhood webpage: http://floyd.kyschools.us/district_information/early_childhood 

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