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Preschool and Kindergarten program builds strong foundation

Bristol Morgan and her Dad

While the Little Cardinal Academy and Countdown to Kindergarten programs were abruptly halted in midstream during March due to the pandemic shutdown, Walker Early Learning Center preschool and kindergarten enrollment is now underway online.

Parents or guardians may go to the school district website at www.wayne.kyschools.us and scroll down on the left-hand column of the home page to find the Walker Early Learning  Preschool and Kindergarten Registration 2020-2021 link. They can begin filling out the necessary forms there. There are three different forms to fill out regarding registration, transportation, and emergency contacts/pick up list.

If paper versions are preferred, they may be picked up at Walker Early Learning Center at 1080 South Main Street, Monday-Friday from 8:00 to 3:00 p.m. Please contact Walker Early Learning Center at 348-4251 for more details.

The educators at Walker Early Learning Center had worked hard to develop all these introductory programs to help families with young children transition to school. The Child Plus Fair would have recently happened which serves as an exciting kick off for registration, featuring all kinds of community resources for families with young children. So, instead the school is moving forward and encouraging incoming students’ parents to register now for fall classes, so they can be served on a first come basis and make important decisions for their child.  

Walker Early Learning Center offers a great environment for four-year-old preschoolers, as well as a specific three-year-old program. Preschool offers either morning or afternoon classes Monday through Thursdays. Transportation and meals are provided to these children at no cost. They are enrolled in different color groups and classrooms follow best practices.

These children are exposed to a well –planned curriculum in an age appropriate manner where they thrive. A staff of teachers and assistants care for each child on an individual basis and create magical experiences for them in clean and beautifully decorated classrooms, featuring different play stations. They also enjoy a state-of-the-art playground, along with a wealth of resources (ranging from technology to supplies to extra programs) that a public school can offer.

The school district provides an excellent All-Day kindergarten program. The kindergarten classrooms for five-six year-olds, feature subjects like reading, math and writing that meet the latest Kentucky Academic Standards – as well as subjects like art, music and physical education taught by certified teachers.

  “Our kindergarten curriculum aligns well with our Preschool programs, OWL and CKLA, so your child will have a seamless educational experience,” said Walker Early Learning Center Principal Angela Ballinger. “Our kindergarten program’s goal is to set children on a course of lifelong success as thoughtful and engaged citizens.”

Social and emotional development is also an important focus at Walker Early Learning Center because it is linked to academic success. Young children learn best in the context of positive relationships that make them feel safe, loved, and supported. Walker’s early childhood classroom communities are intentionally built around the values of respect, responsibility, and care.

The staff at Walker Early Learning Center is anxious to see their preschoolers moving up to kindergarten, as well as welcoming any new students to their building. Never before, has there been a time where the staff has missed the youngsters they serve, so badly. Fortunately, they have connected with them almost daily through their Dojo communication tool and by phone calls. The teachers have done a remarkable job reading books to their students online and continuing with long distance instruction through packets sent home and dropped back off at the school entrance during the shutdown. 

LITTLE CARDINAL ACADEMY  

Family Resource Center Director Jill Wright handed out book packetsFamily Resource Center Director Jill Wright handed out a book packet to 3-year-old Blakely Jones and her Mom Miranda Brumley

Incoming preschoolers Caleb Morgan and Brystol Morgan enjoying using playdough           Incoming preschoolers Caleb Morgan and Brystol Morgan enjoying using playdough

Kristen Coy enjoyed the art tableFuture preschooler Kristen Coy having fun making shapes

 

Morgan Edwards and her Aunt Sarah DennisMorgan Edwards and her Aunt Sarah Dennis

Atikis Norfleet, Jessica Norfleet and Jadenco PolstonAtikis Norfleet, Jessica Norfleet and Jadenco Polston having fun checking out preschool

COUNTDOWN TO KINDERGARTEN

Teacher explains a kindergarten activity with families

Teacher explains a kindergarten activity with families

cFamilies working together on kindergarten project

Kindergarten Teacher Becky Lewis directs the lessonKindergarten Teacher Becky Lewis directs the lesson

Look at what I'm doing!Look what I'm doing!

Working on projects geared towards kindergarten

Working on alphabet letters

Completing an activityCompleting an activity that parents can model at home with their child

 





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