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ERIC Number: ED500755
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Sep-7
Pages: 49
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 40
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: N/A
Boston Public Schools K1 and K2 Programs Needs Assessment. Internal Report to the Department of Early Childhood, Boston Public Schools
Marshall, Nancy L.; Roberts, Joanne; Mills, Linda
Wellesley Centers for Women
The Boston Public Schools (BPS) Department of Early Childhood commissioned a needs assessment of current kindergarten (K2) and preschool (K1) programs (1) to inform the BPS Department of Early Childhood about professional development needs to improve the quality of existing K1 and K2 programs; and (2) to inform the Department of additional classroom resources necessary to expand the K1 program to provide universal access for Boston 4 year olds to accredited, full day programs. This report is based on data collected from 43 K1 classrooms and 85 K2 classrooms in 67 different BPS schools in the 2005-2006 school year. Integrated classrooms were included in the sample, as were SEI and bilingual classrooms. The BPS Needs Assessment consisted of classroom observations, surveys of classroom teachers and school principals, as well as surveys completed by 844 families with children in the selected classrooms. The report makes nine recommendations: (1) Bring all K1 and K2 programs up to the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) Early Childhood Program Standards and the BPS Citywide Learning Standards for Kindergarten; (2) Ensure that all classrooms meet the NAEYC Early Childhood Program Standards for health and safety; (3) Provide all K1 and K2 classrooms with the equipment and materials needed to provide a high-quality early childhood program for all students; (4) Ensure that all K1 and K2 classrooms have a paraprofessional present for the entire day and that class sizes meet NAEYC Early Childhood Program Standards of no more than 10 children per teacher (and paraprofessional) in K1, and no more than 12 children per teacher (and paraprofessional) in K2; (5) Ensure that all K1 and K2 classrooms have a paraprofessional present for the entire day and that class sizes meet NAEYC Early Childhood Program Standards of no more than 10 children per teacher (and paraprofessional) in K1, and no more than 12 children per teacher (and paraprofessional) in K2; (6) Boston currently has a system of mixed delivery of early childhood education, including the BPS Early Childhood programs, Head Starts and community centers. Planning efforts and programs of BPS Early Childhood should identify ways to strengthen this mixed delivery system to ensure all children enter school ready to learn; (7) Improve school bus transportation for K1 and K2 children; (8) Provide before and after school programs in the schools; and (9) Expand cooperation between schools and families through additional supports for family-school communication. [This report was produced by the Wellesley Center for Women, Wellesley College.]
Wellesley Centers for Women. Wellesley College, 106 Central Street, Wellesley, MA 02841. Tel: 781-283-2510; Fax: 781-283-2504; Web site: http://www.wcwonline.org
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Early Childhood Education; Kindergarten; Preschool Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Wellesley Coll., MA.
Identifiers - Location: Massachusetts