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Early Childhood Programs

State Pre-Kindergarten

Four-Year-Old At-Risk—was created to describe the focus of the program and the ‘label’ of the children participating in the program. The purpose of the program is ‘preparing children for success in school’ and a name that reflects that purpose would seem to be more appropriate, as well as more non-discriminatory. 
The major purpose of the State Pre-Kindergarten program is to provide a high quality early learning experience for young children in the year before they are eligible to enter kindergarten. The outcome is for children to enter kindergarten ready to succeed. This clarification is based upon current evidence that children who are at-risk benefit from being educated in a high quality early learning program with their peers, including those young children who may need special education services. 

State Pre-Kindergarten Program Standards

For more information about the State Pre-Kindergarten Program, please contact Atchison County Community Elementary School at 913-833-4420. 

Parents As Teachers

Parents as Teachers is designed to provide children the best possible start in life.  Using research based curriculum, parents are provided with the skills and knowledge they need to help them make the best decisions regarding their children’s education.  The program includes personal visits, group connections, health, vision, hearing and developmental screenings, and supports family connections with other community services.
Kansas PAT is dedicated to providing high quality service delivery that meets national and state standards and is a nationally recognized evidence-based program.    Research shows that parent education can be an important component in supporting and developing healthy relationships between children and their parents, setting the stage for strong families and children ready for success.
Kansas PAT is a valued partner with other home visiting and early childhood programs working together to promote access to high quality services for children and families in their communities.
The program is available to any parent, including fathers, relatives as caregivers, and foster and adoptive parents,  who has a child under the age of three and lives within a participating school district.

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