Floyd County Schools & STORK

Floyd County Schools & STORK
Posted on 11/11/2019
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Superintendent Danny Adkins and Early Childhood Director Anna Shepherd were at Highlands ARH in Prestonsburg this morning for a special delivery: Start Today for One Ready Kindergartner (STORK) collaboration.


Superintendent Adkins comments, “Our school district wants to be part of a support system to our families and this project with Highlands ARH lets us have a starting point. Inside the packet the hospital gives to new parents, we’re providing a onesie, a book, I Love You Like Sunshine, and inside the front of the book is a QR Code that will give parents more than twenty resources. There’s a video about how important the first five years are, a welcome to our school district video and how to access our early childhood website that houses resources and invitations to free events.”


Anna Shepherd, Early Childhood Director comments, “The STORK collaboration began with data. Through the early childhood profile and the state Brigance screener data for our county, our early childhood department recognized a significant number of all children were not entering our school district ready for kindergarten. The data showed a greater need in the population of students who are not enrolled in our childcare centers, Head Start or Preschool.  Based on this analysis, it was easy to see the need and we identified one solution to having an impact on those first years. We wanted to begin to reach out to families as soon as a child is born to provide them support and resources. We believe if families have a support system from the beginning then the family and the child have better long term outcomes.”


Adkins closed saying, “We want children to have the best opportunities they can have. We want them to start school ready for Kindergarten so they are ready to start learning and having fun at school. We want to thank Highlands ARH and the Floyd County Community Early Childhood Council for partnering with us!”


 (L to R) Anna Shepherd (Director of Early Childhood), Kim Grubb (Early Childhood Consultant), Superintendent Danny Adkins, Tim Hatfield (CEO Highlands ARH), Michelle Hall (Director of Obstetrics), Susan Ellis (Chief Nursing Officer) and Danielle Franklin Harmon (Manager of Community Outreach).


Featured picture: (L to R) Superintendent Danny Adkins, Mackenzie Smith (mom), Hailey Webb (baby girl), Thomas Webb (dad), Lucas Webb (boy) and Tim Hatfield, Highlands ARH CEO.

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