NotesFAQContact Us
Search Tips
ERIC Number: EJ861361
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Nov
Pages: 6
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0036-6439
A Village Route to Early Childhood Education: An Iowa District Partners with Its Community to Improve Kindergarten Readiness
Almanza, Julio; Reynolds, Ethel; Schulte, Kathy; Long, Betty
School Administrator, v66 n10 p16-21 Nov 2009
This article features Davenport Community Schools, Iowa's third largest school district that has partnered with its community to improve kindergarten readiness. The district created the Children's Village model to provide preschool classes taught by certified early childhood instructors and serve children from six weeks to five years of age in all-day, year-round programming. Since launching Children's Village in 1998, the district has five Children's Village sites; three are housed in elementary schools and two are in stand-alone buildings. These geographically dispersed sites give families opportunities to place their children in their neighborhood school or in a location close to work. Because of its structured yet collaborative approach to early childhood education, the district has realized many beneficial changes. Most notably, when a Children's Village student arrives for the first day of kindergarten, the teacher can now say, "This child is ready to learn."
American Association of School Administrators. 801 North Quincy Street Suite 700, Arlington, VA 22203-1730. Tel: 703-528-0700; Fax: 703-841-1543; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Early Childhood Education; Kindergarten; Preschool Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Iowa