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Birth to Kindergarten


Birth to Kindergarten Parent Education Program
Fair Garden Family Community Cente
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400 Fern Street
Knoxville, TN  37914
Phone: 865-594-1159
Fax: 865-594-1155

Funded by Great Schools Partnership of Knoxville


Our mission is to empower, support, and encourage parents as their child's first and most influential teacher, in order that their children may have the optimal opportunity to succeed in school and in life.



Birth to Kindergarten is proud to be a Parents As Teachers Affiliate. The Parents As Teachers model is an evidence-based home visiting model designed to ensure young children are healthy, safe and ready to learn. The Parents As Teachers model has four dynamic components, each closely interrelated and integrated: personal visits, group meetings, child screenings and a resource network. Together, these four components create a cohesive package of services with four primary goals:
1. Increase parent knowledge of early childhood development and improve parenting practices. 

2. Provide early detection of developmental delays and health           issues.

3. Prevent child abuse and neglect.

4. Increase children's school readiness and school success.


What can I expect?
As a parent, you will partner with a certified parent educator focused on your child's healthy growth and development. Your educator will use and personalize the Parents As Teachers curriculum to fit your family's goals, concerns and needs. Together you will discuss goals for you as a parent and for your child. During your home visit, you will focus on parent-child activities, developmental topics, family well-being and Kindergarten readiness skills. 
You will have the opportunity to attend regular group meetings. These meetings will provide additional information on topics such as discipline, language and more. Also, these meetings link you to other parents so can learn, support and grow together as parents.
Also, you will participate in regular screenings to assess your child's health and development. If more help or resources are needed, your parent educator will assist you in locating the appropriate community agencies or enrichment activities.

Who is eligible to enroll?

Knox County families with children prenatal to 36 months of age. Income guidelines may apply.

How do I get more information or enroll? 

Call 865-594-1159 


    
Knox County Schools
 
Targets for Kindergarten Entry
 
A five-year-old with these skills is READY to succeed in school.
 
 Letters and Sounds:
·         Enjoys being read to and can retell a story
·         Recognizes letters (upper and lower case) and some letter sounds
·         Repeats the first sound in a word
·         Speaks in complete sentences
·         Prints his or her first name
  Math:
·        Counts in order from 1-20
·        Recognizes numbers and quantities to 5
·        Names and sorts items by color, shape and size
·        Understands concepts such as more, less, same, above, below, big, small
 Social:
.        Settles in to new groups or situations
.        Can concentrate on a task for 5 minutes
.        Follows simple directions
.        Shows kindness and concern for others
 
Reading together at least 20 minutes every day helps your child master these skills.

Click on the "Kindergarten Readiness" folder under Additional Information below for a printable copy.
 

                
     Parents "in action" as their child's best first teacher!

                             










 

Want to Have More Fun Reading with Your Child?  
Use Reading Activity Sheets with your free Imagination Library books.
It's as easy as C.A.R.!

Car

C - Comment and Wait  
A - Ask Questions and Wait
R - Respond by Adding More

The Reading Activity Sheets below show you how to use C.A.R. with the free Imagination Library books.  Just select a book, review the Reading Activity Sheet, and start having fun reading with your child!

So click on a book cover, print a Reading Activity Sheet, pick up an Imagination Library book, put your child on your lap, and start reading!

Books From Birth of Middle Tennessee launched this Family Literacy Program with Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt and United Way of Metropolitan Nashville. C.A.R was developed by Washington Learning Systems as a simple way to have a conversation with your child about a book. Research shows that using this method expands the child's language skills, and also teaches an appropriate way to have a conversation.

Click here to see all the Imagination Library Reading Activity Sheets

 
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Announcements
Kids Central
The state has launched a new website for parents which offers resources in health, education, development and community support for children birth to 18 years of age. So, sign-up for email updates and take the school readiness pledge at www.kidscentraltn.com.
Birth to Kindergarten Staff
+ Boles, Michelle
+ Cherepanov, Simonette
+ Cody, Jackie
+ Day, Amanda
+ Lemonds, Cherry
+ Lusby, Amy
+ Miller, Lauren
+ Parker, Yvette
+ Pickell, Dee
+ Ward, Richard
+ Wright, Cara
Click on name to see details.
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