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School Board honors state-recognized early learning programs

Posted: Thursday, March 21, 2019 | Views: 1318

School Board honors state-recognized early learning programs
AMITE—The Tangipahoa Parish School System recently recognized 11 early learning centers that partner with the district to afford great educational opportunities to our community’s “littlest learners.”

Tangipahoa Parish School Superintendent Melissa Stilley and the Tangipahoa Parish School Board applauded efforts at Independence Leadership Academy, where their pre-K program was awarded an “excellent” rating by the Louisiana Department of Education. Teacher Candace Anthony was recognized for maintaining the highest possible rating for her pre-K classroom, a feat school officials say is nearly impossible to do. Anthony and her administrative team at ILA were honored as part of the ceremony before the Board meeting.

Like the State’s “School Report Card” that evaluates K-12 schools, the excellent rating is the highest rating an early learning program can earn and is based on classroom observations and evaluations conducted on at each site. Independence Leadership Academy received the highest marks for early learning centers in our parish.

Stilley said 10 additional Type III sites were recognized by the State as “Birth to Four Honor Roll” campuses. These Tangipahoa Early Childhood Community Network programs are exceeding minimum state expectations in preparing early childhood learners for entry into the K-12 system. The 10 local honor roll sites are:
*The Early Learning Center of Ponchatoula;
*Living Way Instruction Zone;
*Punkin Patch Academy;
*Kingdom Kids Learning Academy;
*Kids’ Haven Childcare;
*Just Kiddin Around;
*Eagle Christian Academy;
*Kids’ World Daycare & Early Learning Center;
*Robert Head Start; and
*SLU Head Start Child Development Center.

Stilley commended all of these programs for doing their part to prepare small children for success in school.

“Learning begins way before Kindergarten, and these State-recognized model early learning programs are doing great things for our future students,” Stilley said.

Stilley and the Board presented each of the school’s leaders with certificates to recognize their efforts during the Board meeting in Amite.
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