Early Beginnings is the kindergarten component of Open Choice which enrolls Hartford students in kindergarten classrooms in suburban schools, as well as suburban students in Hartford classrooms, at no cost to the family. (Watch the video, "A Day in the Life of all Day K Students in Plainville.")
The overarching goal of Open Choice Early Beginnings (OCEB) is to improve the academic success and integration of kindergarten students in Open Choice settings. Students receive both social and academic instructional support to meet the rigorous goals of the school district and the Connecticut State Department of Education. OCEB kindergarten entry is a child's pathway to suburban education kindergarten through high school graduation.
Through combined efforts of all educators involved in the Early Beginnings program students' receive a well rounded education. Resources available across districts include CREC facilitators, high quality classroom teachers, an integrated educational setting, and regular home-school communication supported by the Early Beginnings Resource Specialist. Together with the OCEB families this process has a proven record of facilitating smooth transitions for students, families and the school.
The OC Early Beginnings program, managed by CREC, supports students, families, and school districts. Support is provided in a variety of ways:
- Early Beginnings facilitators: conduct whole group and small group instruction in kindergarten classrooms. Facilitators monitor student academic progress, construct a high quality learning experiences, model best practices in early childhood education, are available to provide professional development, and assist by targeting the needs of learners.
- Early Beginnings Resource Specialist: A liaison between families and schools. The Early Beginnings Resource Specialist is available to support families in school matters, transportation, provide home visits, and attends special events held in the district, and provide district support as needed.
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