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3/16/2017 10:40:00 AM
Changes approved for Early Childhood Program
Brooke Bechen
Reporter/News and Features

A team of teachers and staff members in the Dodgeville School District presented changes to the district's Early Childhood Program at the school board meeting Monday night. Leading the discussion was Tiffany Helmke, school psychologist and Methany Howard, an early childhood teacher in the district.
Helmke and Howard began by explaining what is currently being offered to children in the Early Childhood Program. An Early Learning Program (ELP) consists of a half-day program held four days a week in Dodgeville and Ridgeway. It is open to all four-year-old children in those communities.
The district also offers home-based Early Childhood Services for three-year-olds who have qualified for special education services. These typically occur two times a week for about 30 minutes, each time in the student's home.
Students who need specialized services can be referred from a doctor or screened by the school to see if they qualify for the services, Helmke explained.
The district also offers a "Little Dodger Playdate," held once a week and open to all three-year-olds in the district. This playdate focuses on school readiness skills that are learned while inside a school environment. ...
See the rest of the story in the March 16th Chronicle issue.

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