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Third Annual Together for Kindergarten Community Forum
More than 200 early educators, kindergarten teachers and administrators from across the county gathered on Wednesday, February 29th, for the 3rd straight year to attend the “Together for Kindergarten” community forum. Organized by the COE and the Child Care Planning Council, the forum presented an opportunity for early educators to sit together in neighborhood “hubs” working cooperatively to brainstorm activities that support kindergarten readiness. After a long day at work, educators conversed about how to make a child's first impression of school more positive and less stressful, and how to better prepare children to enter kindergarten socially, emotionally and academically ready.
Young children’s close relationships with preschool teachers and caregivers are also important to their
development of school readiness. A number of studies have found that the warmth and security of
the preschool child’s relationship with a preschool teacher are predictive of the child’s subsequent
classroom performance, attentional skills, and social competence in the kindergarten and primary
Brault led the group in activities that would strengthen their approaches to dealing with behavior unique to 5 year olds.
“Young children cannot learn to read if they have problems that distract them from educational
activities, problems following directions, problems getting along with others and controlling negative
emotions, and problems that interfere with relationships…Learning is a social process”
See the entire presentation.