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Judy Center Partnership to Receive Innovative Spirit Award

Release Date: 2/24/2011 1:37:25 PM

The Carroll County Public Schools Judy Center Partnership has been selected to receive the JP Hoyer Innovative Spirit Award.
     
The Carroll County Judy Center Partnership is a state-funded program that supports school readiness by providing services for young children, birth through five years of age, and their families. An Early Identification, Prevention, and Intervention Team promotes school readiness while enhancing the social and emotional development of young children and increasing parent involvement across the county. All twenty-two elementary schools in Carroll County are eligible to participate in many of the Judy Center services, and every school is linked with a certified Judy Center Parent Educator.
     
Families have the opportunity to participate in numerous activities to assist their child to enter school ready to learn. The Parents As Teachers home visitation program provides certified Parent Educators who offer research-based curriculum in the homes of families with children birth through age five. Parents and guardians receive developmental milestones and expectations of the development of their child. The Judy Center also facilitates fourteen weekly Come Learn with Me playgroups for children and their parents with activities aligned with the Maryland Model for School Readiness.
     
The Center for Social Emotional Foundations for Learning model is implemented at several locations, including all pre-kindergarten classrooms. Intensive training and “coaching” provide support to teachers and parents to decrease behavior concerns of children. The goal is to have children enter kindergarten able to demonstrate acceptable and appropriate self-regulatory skills. Tracking of services and outcomes of self-regulation for children is gathered in cooperation with partner agencies. As part of the Center’s mental health counseling program, intensive in-home and Center mental health services are provided for identified at-risk families.
     
According to Karen Ganjon, Director of Minority Achievement and Intervention Programs for Carroll County Public Schools, “Children and parents are benefiting in countless ways as a result of our commitment to early childhood education and early interventions.” The Judy Center, in collaboration with other community partners on Carroll County’s Early Childhood Consortium, continues to provide leadership, coordinate and leverage resources, assist parents in accessing those resources, and measure the impact of our focused efforts. “We congratulate our Judy Center Coordinator, Sue Mitchell, and applaud the outstanding staff who make a positive difference in the lives of our youngest learners and their families,” Ganjon said.
     
The award will be presented at an awards luncheon on Tuesday, March 21, 2011, in Greenbelt, Maryland. State Superintendent of Schools Dr. Nancy Grasmick and Congressman Steny Hoyer will be attending the luncheon.

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