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BRIDGEPORT — Preschool and kindergarten programs build a strong foundation for a child’s entire education, and residents of the Bridgeport Exempted Village School District can register their children to participate this month.

The district announced that kindergarten registration for the 2023-24 school year will take place from 8 am to 2 pm Feb. 28 for children who will be 5 years old by Aug. 1. Educators also talk about the importance of kindergarten and preschool education for young learners.

Superintendent Brent Ripley said preschoolers are exposed to the district’s learning strategies including reading, developmental and behavioral skills, along with technology integration.

“To parents, we just want to stress that preschool is so very important to the future success of their children,” Ripley said.

Brooke Syrylo, preschool director and teacher, said there are 14 children in the 3-year-old range in the preschool and the capacity is 20.

The classroom for 4-year-olds also has a capacity of 20.

“We have two groups per day. We have a morning session and we have an afternoon session. Usually around 20 students is our goal for each classroom,” Syrylo said.

She said the word is spreading among parents about the benefits of early social and academic preparation.

“We’re getting calls about registration, people are interested in coming in, and we have an opportunity for students to attend two years of preschool, which is a great opportunity to get them ready. We focus on social skills. They’re learning to be in a group that’s not in their home with their family. They’re adjusting to listening to other adults and interacting with other children. Those focuses are there, as well as the academics of preparing them for kindergarten.”

She added the district offers a five-star Step-up-to-Quality rated program through the Ohio Department of Education.

“We recently had our licensing visit. Everything went very well,” she said.

Leslie Kosanovic, curriculum director, also spoke about the advantages of early education, including familiarizing children with technology to enhance education.

“Some of the things you’re seeing in here today are obviously rotating through groups, sharing things that you would see in a typical preschool, but also the true integration of technology is very important here in Bridgeport,” she said. “Using technology as a tool to showcase their learning. So, anytime that we can integrate technology, the main purpose is whether it’s a preschooler or a high-schooler to give them the tools to visualize their learning, to make their learning visible, to allow them to have student voice and student ownership of their learning. learning.”

Kosanovic said the school is working with Apple Professional Development to integrate tools into classroom learning.

“It’s bringing that integration to the students and giving them the kind of what they need in real time, and there’s so many, so many great things you can do with iPads,” she said. “We are actually talking with our Apple senior specialist from the Apple company and she is working with our teachers.”

She also commented on interrupted childhood development due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Kosanovic said the district is adaptable.

“We just kind of meet the students where they are. We have a wonderful, wonderful preschool program,” she said. “We have an amazing team of people. Students are assessed when they come in. We see what they need. Everybody has strengths, everybody has opportunities for improvement.”

Syrylo said there are strategies to cope with interference in development caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

“We’re definitely seeing that there is an effect from that, but having these kids here every day, we have an opportunity five days a week, so they get into that routine and schedule, and we also work very closely with family. Families are involved in our classroom and with us in our activities, and we try to offer them support as well. If they’re experiencing challenges with their children at home or because of the lack of social skills and the lack of social situations, we provide support. It is definitely a partnership with our parents and to help them with their children.

“At this point in the year, the kids have made so much growth in working in the classroom, listening to the teacher, working with the other children in the classroom. We’re seeing some good things happening now,” she said.

Syrylo said the district also offers support, such as providing transportation for parents.

The elementary school can be reached at 740-635-0853, ext. 1800. The website is bridgeportschools.net. The school is located at 55707 Industrial Drive.



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New kindergarten officially unveiled | Docklands News

The new kindergarten co-located at Docklands Primary School was officially opened last month with a visit from Minister for Early Childhood Ingrid Stitt.

Minister Stitt joined students and educators, Member for Northern Metropolitan Sheena Watt and Docklands Primary School principal Adam Bright in celebrating the important milestone for the Docklands community on April 22.

Gowrie Docklands Kindergarten includes two children’s rooms and outdoor learning terraces on the first floor of the school. Gowrie Victoria is the approved provider and will offer sessional and integrated kindergarten programs for both three- and four-year-old children.

“We know that education begins much earlier than a child’s first step into primary school. This new kindergarten gives Docklands children the early years center and education they need and deserve,” Minister Stitt said.

Gowrie Docklands Kindergarten is the first of nine kindergartens on school sites already announced as part of a $283 million state government program.

The government has delivered a number of new kindergartens on existing school sites each year to support the roll-out of three-year-old kindergartens, and the co-location of services. It has continued this trend by ensuring that every Victorian primary school to open from 2021 will have a kindergarten on-site or next door.

This includes Docklands Primary School and the other nine new primary schools which opened in 2021, as well as all six new primary schools opening in 2022 •

For more information: gowrievictoria.org.au

Connecticut’s kindergarten enrollment is declining — and educators are concerned

Fewer students are enrolling in Connecticut public pre-kindergarten and kindergarten classrooms as the pandemic continues. But state education officials said this is a trend that started before the pandemic.

Since the 2014-15 school year, state data show that total enrollment decreased by 3.4% each year until the pandemic hit in March 2020.

Pre-kindergarten and kindergarten enrollment saw the sharpest declines for the 2020-21 school year, according to the state data. Compared to 2019, pre-kindergarten fell by about 3,500 students, from 18,829 to 15,300. That’s a 19% decline in a single year. Based on the same report, kindergarten enrollment fell by about 4,300 students — from 36,566 in 2019 to 32,256 in 2020, a nearly 12% decline.

The drop in pre-kindergarten and kindergarten enrollment is a concern because without early childhood development, the long-term consequences could result in learning delays, according to the state Department of Education. Kindergarten also provides an opportunity to identify developmental issues early on. The sooner a problem is identified, the sooner the child can get support.

“This will improve their ability to achieve throughout their school years,” the state Department of Education said.

Andrea Brinnel, an early childhood specialist with the state Department of Education, said that anecdotally families are choosing to hold back their children for many reasons, including COVID-related concerns, but officials don’t have the data to examine all of those factors.

The disruptive schooling experience over the past two years between remote learning, hybrid schooling and COVID restrictions has also left some children lacking in skills they may have learned before going into kindergarten, Brinnel said.

“They didn’t get the chance to practice some of those skills. And I think a lot of that falls into the area of ​​executive functioning, which really does need to be intentionally taught to kids, and they need opportunities to practice,” Brinnel said. “Without that practice, we’re seeing kids show up looking a little different in kindergarten than they did a couple years ago.”

The statewide decline in pre-kindergarten and kindergarten enrollment by about 8,000 students for the 2020-21 school year accounts for more than half of the drop in statewide enrollment for all grades, the state report said.

Brinnel said other factors, including parents opting to home-school their children, also contribute to the enrollment decline.

“While school districts are required to offer kindergarten, parents aren’t required to send them until they’re 7. So that’s part of it,” she said.

Some parents have also continued to express concerns about having their children return to in-person schooling amid rising COVID cases, while others worry about the potential for another mask mandate.

Irene Parisi, chief academic officer at the state Department of Education, said those are all real concerns.

“This is why the department has worked so hard with school districts, as well as other state agencies, to understand what are the best mitigating strategies, what resources might be needed and what’s the best guidance to support parents with those decisions,” she said .

“It’s important to understand the importance of having students learn in person,” Parisi said. “At the same time, we ask what we can do to make them feel safe and learn with confidence.”

Learn more
Explore COVID-19’s effects on kindergarten, early childhood and learning as part of the Connecticut Public documentary “Cutline: COVID to Kindergarten” – it airs May 19 at 8 pm on CPTV or you can watch online.