What could be housed at an early childhood community center?
The district currently offers early childhood educational readiness and special education programs at Kennedy, including tiny-k Early Intervention. The district's Parents as Teachers program, serving families of children from birth to age 3, could be relocated to Kennedy.
A community Head Start classroom also is currently located at Kennedy.
Other possibilties include center-based medical and dental clinics and behavioral health, human services providers, early childhood partners professional development, early childhood provider incubator, and other community services that would positively impact early learners and their families, economic development, poverty, workforce, and social determinants of health.
Informal conversations about local needs have occurred among the early childhood community for many years. If the school board approves the proposal, more formal community collaboration would occur.