The goal of the WaKIDS Demonstration Project is to create an effective, school-based, replicable, data-driven, transition to kindergarten model that assures children entering kindergarten are prepared to succeed. The model builds upon the SOAR Getting School Ready Transition Team and follows a logic model.

The WaKIDS Demonstration Project model is based upon a cycle of assessment, analysis/planning, intervention, tracking of intervention progress, and reassessment (SOAR WaKIDS Cycle of Assessment), to measure the effectiveness of the intervention in closing the Kindergarten preparation gap.

Cedar Valley Elementary (CVE) and Olympic View Elementary (OVE) were selected to implement the WaKIDS Demonstration Project. CVE located in Kent School District, and OVE located in Federal Way School District are active Getting School Ready Transition Teams and participated in the Washington Kindergarten Inventory of Developing Skills (WaKIDS).  For more information on WaKIDS, contact the State of Washington Offie of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI).

CVE and OVE assessed and analyzed WaKIDS Assessment results for their incoming 2012 kindergarten class to determine which developmental domains show the highest preparation gaps using the GOLD Objectives and Dimensions (WaKIDS). Each elementary school selected two domains that showed the biggest need, and used it to create and implement specific intervention strategies that focus on young children (2-5 years old), their parents, caregiver and early learning providers residing in the school’s catchment area. The School Level Theory of Change highlights the strategies, outcomes and goals of the WaKIDS Demonstration Project.

For more information on each school click below:

Cedar Valley Elementary

Children playing at Cheetah Cub Club

WaKIDS Demonstration Project Team

  • Principal:  Brian Rosand
  • Kindergarten Teachers:  Joy Kawaoka and Jackie Mann
  • Office Manager: Carole Witruk
  • SOAR WaKIDS Coordinator: Erin Okuno

 

Selected WaKIDS Developmental Domains

  • Social – Emotional Development
  • Language Development

 

Intervention Strategies

STRATEGY

DESCRIPTION

Cheetah Cub Club Weekly Group

 

Weekly Cheetah Cub Club facilitated by kindergarten teachers.  Cheetah Cub  Club groups will support all areas of development, emphasizing social   emotional and language.  Social-emotional and language development were identified areas with gaps on the WaKIDS assessment.

Cheetah Cub Club Website

Promotes WaKIDS sponsored Cheetah Cub Club. Information is shared about activities that have been presented each week. Communicates event focus, points of parent discussions and helpful strategies.  

Parent Presentation

 

Kindergarten readiness information shared with all parents connected to Cedar Valley, including those whose children attend local-area, early learning facilities. Emphasis is on social emotional and language.

Kindergarten Roundup

 

Helps parents, teachers and children prepare for kindergarten. District-wide event for all elementary schools. Presentations are designed by each individual school. Discussion and presentation on the results of WaKIDS Assessment and it’s implication on school readiness.

Walk Into Kindergarten

Follow-up to Kindergarten Roundup.  Walk Into Kindergarten event invites only incoming Cedar Valley kindergarten students. Program imparts additional information and strategies to assist parents/caregivers to prepare for   kindergarten.

Co-op site/ EL Facility & Preschool visits

Kindergarten teachers visit local-area providers to discuss school readiness, results from WaKIDS assessment and emphasize social-emotional and language development.

Cedar Valley Family Events

School-wide family events are geared towards current and future students and their families learning together in a school environment. Parents participate alongside their children in fun activities, learning ways to support school readiness at home. The activities and parent education are focused on areas in which deficits were seen from the fall 2012 WaKIDS data.

Early-Learning Provider Professional  Development

The kindergarten teachers, who are both Washington State Stars Certified Trainers, will meet with interested area providers to facilitate discussion of kindergarten readiness.

Kinder Camp

One-week event for incoming   children and their families. Emphasis will be on kindergarten readiness   skills including social-emotional and language development.

Highlight   Social-Emotional and Language Development

Social emotional and language development is intentionally highlighted and connected in each strategy.    

 

Contact

For more information regarding Cedar Valley Elementary School’s WaKIDS Demonstration Project contact:

Carole Witruk

Phone number: 253-373-7649

E-mail: cheetahcubclub@kent.k12.wa.us

Olympic View Elementary

WaKIDS Demonstration Project Team

  • Principal:  Paul Marquardt
  • Kindergarten Teachers:  McKenna Nicholson, Katie Smith and Hilary Forkner
  • Administrative Assistant : Diane Myers
  • Kaleidoscope Play & Learn Facilitators: Rosa Pena and Miriam Estrada
  • SOAR WaKIDS Coordinator: Erin Okuno

 

Selected WaKIDS Developmental Domains

  • Social – Emotional Development
  • Literacy Development

 

Intervention Strategies

Strategy

Description

Weekly Kaleidoscope Play & Learn (KPL) Groups

Weekly KPL groups facilitated by a bilingual/bicultural Family Liaison and an Assistant.  KPL group will focus on all developmental  areas and highlight social emotional and language development at each session.

Olympic View’s Family            Events

School-wide family events are geared towards current and future students and their families learning together in a school environment. Parents participate alongside their   children in fun activities, learning ways to support school readiness at   home. The activities and parent education are focused on areas in which deficits were seen from the fall 2012 WaKIDS data.

Parent/Caregiver                  Learning Kits

The Parent/Caregiver Learning Kits focus on the WaKIDS data gap areas with an emphasis on social emotional and literacy development. Each Learning Kit has information and activities parent, caregivers, child care centers and child care home programs can use with young children.  The Learning Kits were created with caregivers and child care centers’ input and suggestions.  The Learning Kits are available for check out to parents, caregivers, child care centers and child care home programs.

Kindergarten Café

 

 

Monthly parents and caregivers’ trainings coordinated and led by a kindergarten teacher.  The Kindergarten Café focuses on the areas   of development highlighted in the 2012 WaKIDS data as having the largest gap and emphasis on social emotional and literacy development.  The Kindergarten Café will use the Child Care Resources’ Taking Care of our Children: Conversations with our Communities.

Kindergarten Roundup

Kindergarten Roundup is a family event for future kindergarten students and their families.  During the event, families register for the upcoming school year, complete the school’s kindergarten entrance exam, meet   the teachers and staff members, obtain tips on school readiness, and receive information on community resources. Dinner is provided and parents and caregivers leave with a “kindergarten goody bag” (educational materials and information on social emotional and literacy development).

MERIT Training Class

The class will provide child care providers and preschool teachers’ information on the WaKIDS 2012 fall preparation gaps, and on social emotional development. The class will offer 2 free hours of MERIT credit.  Participants will be given resources and materials they can use in their practice.

Kinder Camp

This is a  pre-September experience for students and families. Two teachers will work  with a small group of students (12 to 15). The emphasis is teaching school   routines, social emotional health, and pre-literacy skills. The teachers will   model meeting new friends and playing cooperatively with other students.  Students will get introduce to the phonics program, which exposes students to   letter names and sounds as well as print concepts to build background   knowledge. In order to get parents involved and ensure that they see the importance of social emotional health, and pre-literacy skills, parents (one   per student) will be required to volunteer one hour at the camp during the week.

Early Learning Provider             Open House & Handbook

The focus of  this event is connecting and building relationships with existing early learning providers (child care centers and preschools) in the school’s boundary   area.  The providers will be invited to tour the kindergarten classrooms, ask questions and will be given an “ELP   Connections Handbook” which will have sections on the FWPS district, OLV WaKIDS data, September expectations, teacher “top ten” list and more.

Highlight Social Emotional  and Literacy Development

Social emotional and literacy development will be intentionally highlighted and connected in each strategy. 

Contact

For more information regarding Olympic View Elementary School’s WaKIDS Demonstration Project contact:

McKenna Nicholson

Phone number:  253-945-3516

E-mail: mnichols@fwps.org