P-3 Alignment/Kindergarten Readiness
What is Pre-Kindergarten through 3rd Grade Alignment or Prenatal through 3rd grade (P-3)?
In March of 2014, the South-Central Oregon Early Learning Hub (HUB) applied for an Early Learning Kindergarten Partnership & Innovation project grant. In June of 2014, the Oregon Department of Education's Early Learning Division granted the HUB funding to manage the P-3 Alignment project in Douglas and Lake Counties. In 2015, Klamath County joined the HUB. Services are now available in the three county region.
A P-3 alignment approach connects, integrates and aligns prenatal to third grade programs and experiences to create a seamless continuum of quality educational services and community early learning experiences. This approach improves outcomes and prevents achievement gaps. The main components of a P-3 approach are:
- Alignment of standards and curricula through 3rd grade.
- School organizations that offer pre-kindergarten services, full-day kindergarten, professional development for all teachers and administrative staff and cross-sector connections between schools, families and community based early learning partners.
- Qualified teachers that have the preparation and certification to teach at any grade level from Pre-K to third grade.
- Classrooms as learning environments that are child centered with reasonable teacher-child ratios.
- Accountability to parents and the community.
Note: Adapted from "The Foundation for Child Development" (External Link)
Pre-Kindergarten through 3rd Grade Alignment, or "P-3 Alignment" is a comprehensive strategy that is gaining momentum within our state and region. It focuses on children developing the cognitive and social skills that will help them succeed throughout their lives. Through research at the national level, P-3 Alignment is being identified as having deep implications for education, family engagement, and community partnerships.
Our P-3 Alignment regional activities include:
- READY! for Kindergarten (External Link) sessions for parents of 3-4 and 4-5 year olds.
- Parent Teacher Home Visiting Model (External Link) - teachers visit parents in their homes - an evidenced based practice.
- School based family engagement activities that help parents prepare their children for kindergarten.
- Ongoing professional development opportunities that foster growth mind set thinking, cross-sector development between educators and community early learning partners, discussions of curriculum alignment and assessment based and data driven decisions.
With this grant, the Hub will serve at risk children, ages 0-6, and their parents who are economically disadvantaged and English Language Learners.The Hub will focus on at risk populations currently served in early learning programs to strengthen existing literacy practices in those programs.The Hub will also conduct outreach to families with young children who are not participating in formal early learning programs, with an emphasis on poverty hotspots and other school/community areas where there is demonstrated need.
- Increasing access to books and reading materials for children ages 0 – 6;
- Increasing the frequency of adult/child reading interactions for children ages 0-6;
- Increasing the quality of adult/child reading interactions for children ages 0-6;
- Increasing the amount of time children ages 0-6 spend reading;
- Increasing children’s early literacy skills and readiness for kindergarten as measured by the Oregon Kindergarten Assessment.
- Book distribution – 4,500+ books will be distributed. Distribute developmentally appropriate books through early learning partners, community agencies, schools, businesses, and events.
- Family literacy – Strengthen existing early literacy programs currently implemented in the Hub region through training, expanding outreach, and developing common data collection methods.
- Dialogic reading trainings – Train parents, child care workers, early learning teachers, and other adult caregivers to use a dialogic reading approach in conjunction with current practices for increasing literacy, using a “train the trainers” approach with follow-up mentoring.
- Family engagement – Introduce families to libraries through community events and encourage families with young children to participate in story times, book giveaways, and other library programs.
- THE DOUGLAS COUNTY EARLY CHILDHOOD PLANNING COALITION is a broad collaborative effort by members of local agencies and organizations to develop parent education and family strengthening opportunities that promote the healthy development of young children who reside in Douglas County, Oregon. The Coalition comes together to link community resources and families through a coordinated planning process and strives to offer a wide variety of parent education classes to meet the needs of a diverse parent population. For more information visit parenteducation.org. (External Link)