FWCS works with community to strengthen early learning - August 10, 2007

Record Number: 3270
Displayed from: Aug 10, 2007 , until: Sep 10, 2007

Getting a strong start in learning is one of the best ways to make sure students are successful in school over time. That belief is what led the staff at Whitney Young Early Childhood Center to pursue a Community Partners Program Grant from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. Fort Wayne Community Schools doesn't just teach children, we work with others in the community to make sure they are also providing the best services available. The $400,000 Knight Foundation grant is being used to work with early childhood educators in the community to build relationships and expand expertise. This has been done through training early childhood educators in the Reggio Emilia approach to early childhood education, which views children as competent, resourceful and curious and encourages children to learn through interaction with others in a friendly learning environment. With the help of the grant, Whitney Young is inviting Karen Gallas, an early childhood expert, to work with its staff and the other providers next week. The training will focus on listening and the "art of questioning" and how that fits into teaching young children. Prior to one of the training sessions, media is invited to join us and hear more about the grant and the work that is being done. A press conference will be held at 2 p.m. Aug. 14 at Whitney Young, 1026 E. Pontiac St. Whitney Young Principal Diana Parker as well as other area providers will be available to talk about the grant and their programs. FWCS works with Peace Lutheran Preschool, Simpson Academy and Child Care, Hanna-Creighton Head Start, Mt. Calvary Lutheran Preschool, the YMCA Pre-K extended day program at Whitney Young and the Anthis Early Childhood Program.

With nearly 30,000 students, Fort Wayne Community Schools is one of the largest school districts in Indiana. FWCS proudly allows families to choose any of its 50 schools through its successful school-choice program creating diversity in each school, including some with more than 75 languages spoken. FWCS offers seven magnet schools focusing on areas such as science and math, communication, fine arts or Montessori at the elementary and middle school level. In high school, students can choose from the prestigious International Baccalaureate program, Project Lead the Way or New Tech Academy as well as other rigorous academic and specialty training programs.