Pre-Kindergarten Program

 

The Tennessee Early Childhood Education Early Learning Developmental Standards, or TN-ELDS, were first developed in 2004 to provide documentation of the continuum of developmental milestones from birth through age five based on the research about the processes, sequences, and long term consequences of early learning and development. The standards for 4 year-olds were revised and adopted by the State Board of Education in August 2012.  These revised standards provide a direct alignment with the content areas found in Tennessee’s state English language arts and mathematics standards as well as the Tennessee state standards for kindergarten. Please use the link below to access these standards. If you have questions or comments please address them to me at regina.merriman@ccstn.net. https://www.tn.gov/assets/entities/education/attachments/std_tnelds_4yo.pdf


Pre-Kindergarten Program

posted Oct 23, 2009, 12:21 AM by Regina Merriman   [ updated Oct 19, 2015, 5:47 PM ]

Tennessee Department of Education Describes the Pre-Kindergarten Program:

The Voluntary Pre-K for Tennessee Initiative provides Tennessee's four-year-old children, with the first priority to those four-year-olds who are at-risk, an opportunity to develop school readiness skills (pre-academic and social skills). 

Voluntary Pre-K classes promote a high quality academic environment, which fosters the love and joy of learning and promotes success in kindergarten and throughout the child's life. 

The legislation for the Voluntary Pre-K (VPK) for Tennessee act of 2005 was passed by both the House and the Senate in May of 2005. This law provided for the use of $25 million in excess lottery dollars in the 2005-06 school year to establish quality pre-kindergarten classrooms through a competitive grant process. In subsequent years (2006-07 and 2007-08) Governor Bredesen's approved budget included additional State funding to expand Tennessee's VPK program classes to reach an ever growing number of at-risk pre-k children. In 2013-2014, over $85,0000,00.00 from the state education budget is allocated to school districts to operate 935 classrooms serving over 18,000 four-year-olds each year. 

Basic Principles

Voluntary

Parents, communities and school districts can decide locally whether they want and need high quality Pre-K classrooms.

Working for Access For All

Pre-K in Tennessee is accessible to all 4-year olds, with an emphasis on at-risk students and high priority communities.

Maintain Existing High Standards

Keep the high quality standards already in place regarding small class size, curriculum requirements and certified teachers.

Applying to Match State Dollars

The local school district serves as the applicant for matching state funds. Local school districts are accountable for matching state dollars based on their BEP formula state/local match requirement. Local school districts have the ability to use federal funds, private dollars or in-kind resources as part of their local match.

Flexible Local Partnerships

Communities, through their local school districts, have the ability to contract and partner with non-school providers, i.e., non–profit, for–profit and local Head Start programs.

Community Coordination and Planning

Each school district creates and facilitates a community “Pre-K Advisory Council” which provides formal input into the application and plan to expand pre-K classrooms. Representation must include, but is not be limited to, parents, teachers, non-school providers, Head Start, the business community and local government leaders.

Office of Early Learning

A strong, centralized office monitors the programs for accountability; oversee the application process; consult with local

Taken from: http://tn.gov/education/early_learning/pre-k.shtml


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