Ready, Set, Learn!
Erlanger-Elsmere Ind. program increases early learning opportunities through community collaboration, earns KSBA PEAK Award
Kentucky School Advocate
By Matt McCarty
In 2014, 50 percent of students entering kindergarten in the Erlanger-Elsmere Independent school district had not attended any preschool program. With a belief that a strong start to school ensures a successful future, district officials set out to address the barriers for those students.
They collaborated with local cities, child-care centers and other stakeholders to develop the Erlanger and Elsmere Early Learning Collaborative (E3C) and the Pre-K Works program. Those efforts have given the district’s children more opportunities for early learning, earning the district KSBA’s Public Education Achieves in Kentucky (PEAK) Award.
The PEAK Award, given twice yearly, was established in 1997 to focus statewide attention on outstanding public school efforts that enhance student learning skills and promote the positive impact of public elementary and secondary education in Kentucky.
“Community collaboration and Early Childhood focus is excellent. Results are impressive on number of children attending preschool and early detection of special education needs,” wrote PEAK judge Carol Haddad, a member of the Kentucky PTA Board of Directors.