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Good Start

The Good Start Program is based upon a multi-tiered system of support and is committed to helping early childhood educators develop their own expertise.  The new program will accomplish this through an innovative system of support including:

  • Free monthly trainings via the Good Start Coaching Program to provide a foundation of knowledge and expertise that will enable early childhood educators to support all learners in their classrooms.
  • In addition, a Good Start Consultant will be available to help early childhood educators analyze data and problem solve next steps, if they need more support.
  • If the early childhood educator still has concerns about the child's development after implementing classroom supports, a Good Start Consultant will help them to initiate the process for a special education evaluation through their local school district.  The Good Start Program will continue to provide consultation to early childhood programs as they successfully include children with significant support needs.

 

Through the use of a multi-tiered coaching system, educators will become knowledgeable and empowered to implement the necessary supports to better meet the needs of all of their students. Teacher with student Each center is required to send at least one representative to attend an annual series of monthly Coaches Trainings. These designated participants act as "Coaches, for their centers receiving tools and ongoing instruction related to evidence based practices (i.e., positive behavior supports). Coaches serve as the center's on-site support for their colleagues.

To make a request for additional support, early childhood educators should contact Alicia Kruk at 734-994-8100 x2178 or akruk@washtenawisd.org.

Developmental Delay

If you suspect a child has a developmental delay or educational need that is not being met by your center's existing support system talk to parents about obtaining a special education evaluation.  It is typically best to place a Build Up Michigan referral before referring to Good Start, but if you have any questions about a particular child or situation, feel free to contact WISD’s Family Services Supervisor, Alicia Kruk, at 734-994-8100 x1272 or akruk@washtenawisd.org for more information.         

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