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Toyah Robey

Jones Park Elementary
Preschool Teacher: Cindy Board

Walnut Hill Elementary
Preschool Teacher:

What is Kentucky’s child safety seat and booster law?

The law was enhanced in 2015 to increase the height requirement to 57 inches

and the age requirement to 8 years old. Children younger than 8 but taller than

57 inches will not have to ride in a booster seat.  CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO!

The summer is full of chances to make new memories with your child. If your child is a preschooler, the summer may also offer a break in your child’s normal routine. Unfortunately, this break can sometimes lead to a loss of learning known as the "summer slide." The slide makes it hard for children to pick up where they left off in school. When school begins in the fall, some children are already behind. Research shows the gap can gets wider as children grow. Teachers then have to spend time reminding children what they learned before the summer break. This takes away time that could be spent learning new things.  READ MORE HERE

For children, learning math isn’t just about learning numbers. Shapes, music and words develop early math skills too. Sorting a basket of fruit into two groups of apples and oranges is a skill that prepares children for learning math later in life. CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION!!


From crying babies to an unexpected job loss, every family has encountered stress at some point. Learning to cope with stress in healthy ways helps families bounce back from challenges and provides a safe environment for children to grow up. During the early years, experiences shape the brain. You mainly influence what kind of experiences your child is exposed to. When children get the best start possible, they are likely to learn well in school, trust adults and have healthy relationships. LEARN MORE, CLICK HERE!!


Did you know health and physical well-being are part of your child’s kindergarten readiness? Eating a balanced diet and being active are signs of school readiness. But in Kentucky, one in three children is obese or overweight before they enter kindergarten. This matters because childhood obesity tends to follow children into adulthood and can bring a lot of health challenges along with it. As your child’s first and best teacher, you can help your child curb childhood obesity and live a healthy lifestyle from an early age.  CLICK HERE TO FIND OUT MORE!!! 


Dramatic play is what we often refer to as pretend play or make-believe. It allows children to play a role or re-enact familiar activities or stories. It is unstructured and child-driven unlike entertainment-driven play like video games. To learn more about dramatic play CLICK HERE!


Ten years ago, the iPhone didn’t exist and Facebook was only for college students. Today, technology has boomed and is weaved into daily family routines like checking the weather on smartphones or reading a bedtime ebook. When it comes to exposing young children to technology, it can be fuzzy whether it is helping or hurting their development. Without much scientific evidence on the topic of screen time, opinions mostly guide families decisions about its use in the home. Thankfully, new research is beginning to answer common questions families have about screen time. CLICK HERE!

The holidays and winter can make for a lot of time spent indoors.  Click the link to find out some great brain-building activities for you and your child.  CLICK HERE

Dialogic Reading: An Effective Way to Read to a Preschooler

What is dialogic reading?

Click HERE to view a video sample of dialogic reading from the Casey County Early Childhood Council

How we read to preschoolers is as important as how frequently we read to them.

When most adults share a book with a preschooler, they read and the child listens. In dialogic reading, the adult helps the child become the teller of the story. The adult becomes the listener, the questioner, the audience for the child. No one can learn to play the piano just by listening to someone else play. Likewise, no one can learn to read just by listening to someone else read. Children learn most from books when they are actively involved.

The fundamental reading technique in dialogic reading is the PEER sequence. This is a short interaction between a child and the adult. The adult:

  • Prompts the child to say something about the book,
  • Evaluates the child's response,
  • Expands the child's response by rephrasing and adding information to it, and
  • Repeats the prompt to make sure the child has learned from the expansion.

Imagine that the parent and the child are looking at the page of a book that has a picture of a fire engine on it. The parent says, "What is this?" (the prompt) while pointing to the fire truck. The child says, truck, and the parent follows with "That's right (the evaluation); it's a red fire truck (the expansion); can you say fire truck?" (the repetition).

Except for the first reading of a book to children, PEER sequences should occur on nearly every page. Sometimes you can read the written words on the page and then prompt the child to say something. For many books, you should do less and less reading of the written words in the book each time you read it. Leave more to the child.

Click HERE to view a video sample of dialogic reading


Getting your child kindergarten ready includes protecting him or her from catching and spreading serious diseases and viruses. That’s why vaccines, also known as immunizations, are required for children to be enrolled in child care and kindergarten.  CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION


Did you know that your child’s brain is growing and learning at a speed it will never again experience during this time? In fact, the human brain begins forming very early in its mother’s womb, just three weeks after conception. By the age of three, a baby’s brain has reached almost 90 percent of its adult size!  CLICK HERE FOR MORE

Sleep: an essential part of your child’s health and growth.

We often focus on what activities you can do with your children during the day to improve development, but what happens during the night plays a big role in your child’s ability to focus and learn as well. CLICK HERE


There are many summer activities, so there are many areas of safety to consider. We will only cover a short list here, but think about researching online or talking with professionals before you and your family try a new activity.  CLICK HERE!!

It's Never too Early to Read to Your Children!!!

Young children need nutritious food, stimulating toys

and lots of hugs and kisses. But beginning at birth,

they also need to be talked, sung and read to.

New research from Stanford psychologists shows

that by talking and reading to your child, parents can help

their children learn language more quickly, which speeds up vocabulary


Summer is almost here! Ice cream and outside adventures are just around the corner for your family. While there will be many opportunities for fun in the sun, there are also many activities can you do with your children to help them continue learning. CLICK HERE!!


APRIL 21st -23rd

Today we know more than ever before about the importance of children’s earliest years in shaping their learning and development. Yet, never before have the needs of young children and their families been more pressing.

The Week of the Young Child™ is a time to recommit ourselves to ensuring that each and every child experiences the type of early environment—at home, at child care, at school, and in the community—that will promote their early learning.   Form more information CLICK HERE


Families and caregivers often help children with their ABC’s and 123s to prepare for kindergarten, but making sure their children have a healthy body is just as important. Healthy eating can stabilize children’s energy, sharpen their minds, and even out their moods.

By encouraging healthy eating habits now, families can make a huge impact on their children’s lifelong relationship with food and give them the best opportunity to grow into healthy adults. You can make sure your children’s diet is nutritious and wholesome, even while allowing for some of their favorite treats.   Learn More by Clicking Here 

Dental disease is the most common chronic disease of early childhood. Cavities and decay in baby teeth can also spread to permanent teeth, causing painful and costly damage. But you can prevent this! Regular preventive care and a healthy diet can help prevent decay. Remember to schedule your child for an oral health screening by his or her first birthday. Learn More by Clicking Here

All families celebrate the holidays differently, but they are usually full of family, friends and traditions. Parents usually dedicate a lot of time preparing food or picking out gifts, but there are many activities you can do with your children that will help them learn and grow throughout the season.

Take advantage of your time off from work and your children’s time off from school to interact and work on new skills. It’s a good idea to remind yourself about what behavior is normal and predictable from your young children and what kind of activities are appropriate for different age-groups. Here are a few ideas to help you get started!  Click Here

Building a Strong Foundation

for School Success

The Kentucky Early Childhood Standards: This guide was created based on the Kentucky Early Childhood Core Content Standards. It provides information about the standards, what the standards mean and ways you can help your child develop important skills. Highlighted in this guide is "Approaches to Learning."

You are important! Whether you are a parent, guardian or caregiver, your child needs your help and support to be successful. This "Parent Guide" was designed to support you and your child’s success.

Parent Guide: Birth to Three

Parent Guide: Three and Four Year Olds


Too Small To Fail -

To watch the Video

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Strengthening Families Series: Coping with Stress

All families experience stress. Learn how to manage the effects of stress

to create stronger families.  Click HERE for the Montyly Message


This edition of the Monthly Message series focuses on incorporating science activities into daily routines. As supporters of early childhood, we believe that Kentucky must provide families with the right tools so every child in every community arrives at kindergarten ready to grow, ready to learn and ready to succeed.

Daily Routines for Science Activities