Early Learning & School Readiness

The Early Learning and School Readiness Team provides services to school districts, Head Starts, County Boards of DD, parents, Help Me Grow and other agencies and programs that serve children ages birth through eight, both regular and special education. Services are designed to support successful involvement of high quality practices with local, state, and federal mandates and initiatives. Services include technical assistance, regional, program-wide and job embedded professional development and consultation.

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Current initiatives and supports include:

State Assessment
  • Early Childhood Assessment Requirements
  • Preschool Formative Assessment
  • Kindergarten Readiness Assessment (KRA)
  • Ages and Stages Questionnaire(ASQ-SE)
Early Learning and Development Standards
  • Physical Well Being and Motor Development
  • Social and Emotional Development
  • Approaches Toward Learning
  • Cognition and General Knowledge
  • Language and Literacy Development
Curriculum and Assessment
  • Supporting the use of high quality curriculum and assessment tools and practices
  • Alignment of a Curriculum Based Assessment to the Early Learning and Development Standards
  • Intentionally Teaching using the Big Ideas for Early Learning
Continuous Improvement Efforts
  • Step Up to Quality
  • Early childhood programs involvement in the Ohio Improvement Process
Third Grade Reading Guarantee
  • Supporting early learning programs (preschool-3rd grade) with high quality practices for all learners
Itinerant Network
  • Supports itinerant teachers with implementation of the Consultative Model and provides networking among the region and state to support quality practices
Special Education Compliance
  • Implementation of Ohio’s Operating Standards for Children with Disabilities
  • IEP and ETR trainings and technical assistance
  • Training and technical assistance to support successful inclusive practices in early childhood settings
  • Technical Assistance on SPP Indicators 6 (Preschool LRE), 7 (Preschool Child Outcomes), and 12 (Early Childhood Transition)
  • Early Intervention (Part C) to Preschool (Part B)
  • Preschool to Kindergarten
Positive Behavior Interventions and Support (PBIS)
  • Supporting early learning strategies that connect with building wide PBIS plans

Early Childhood Websites

If you have any questions about our services, please contact:

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Sarah Jackson
Early Learning/School Readiness Coordinator
330-945-5600 x511254

This document/product/software was supported in whole or in part by the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs, (Award #H027A130158, CFDA 84.027A, awarded to the Ohio Department of Education). The opinions expressed herein do not necessarily reflect the policy or position of the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs, and no official endorsement by the Department should be inferred.

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