Through the awareness of the issue, the school readiness network was formed. Reed said when United Way kicked off the Cass County Resource Network, they identified community needs and early education was one of those needs. She said childcare and preschool became a task force and, from there, the school readiness network came about.
The school readiness network brings together local teachers and day care leaders to work on needs in the community, build relationships and raise the quality of care that is happening, Reed said.
Woolever has been attending network meetings since it started, she said.
“I think it’s a good idea to help reach out into the community and help the children who are in need in preschool and get them ready for kindergarten,” Woolever said. “I’ve already incorporated things I’ve heard from other teachers at meetings.”
At the October meeting, people discussed how to use timers to keep a classroom running smoothly. Woolever said she has used the timer in her classroom for what she calls “center time.” She said she allows 7 to 10 minutes at a work station and the timer keeps things moving forward smoothly.
Dina Dominick, a kindergarten teacher in the Logansport Community School Corporation, attended her first School Readiness Network meeting in October. Dominick said that she has been going back and forth from teaching Kindergarten to first grade and this is the first opportunity she had to attend. Dominick said she heard about the network last year and sent an email to Reed.
“I think the network is a good thing and it would be nice to get a few more kindergarten teachers here,” Dominick said. “We can communicate with preschool educators and kindergarten teachers to let them know what we’re doing.”
Woolever and Dominick said it was nice to get with other daycare, kindergarten and preschool facilities to get ideas.