Early Learning & School Readiness

The Early Learning and School Readiness Team at State Support Team Region 4 is committed to improving results for young children in preschool through grade three. The staff provides early learning and school readiness support that are focused on high-quality instruction through technical assistance and professional development.

The team also conducts specialized work in the area of improving results for young children that includes.

  • Implementation of Early Learning Content Standards and Early Learning Program Guidelines;
  • Assessment measures and techniques, including assessment for progress monitoring and program planning as well as initial assessment;
  • Transition from IDEA Part C to preschool and preschool to kindergarten;
  • The use of data for program, class and individual planning;
  • Early literacy and interventions;
  • Models of service delivery, including consultation;
  • Increasing capacity of programs to support social/emotional development;
  • Curriculum and instruction for high-quality programming;
  • Compliance with federal and state special education laws and regulations;
  • Transition
  • Development and implementation of Interagency Agreements for providing of services to preschoolers with disabilities;
  • Program evaluation;
  • Leadership development and program planning

The services are designed to support all regional entities-including public and private preschools such as Early Childhood Education, Preschool Special Education, MR/DD’s, Head Starts and community-based child-care programs.

KRA Changes/Information
KRA Changes/Information
Disposing of last year’s KRA materials: Attached is a PDF titled “webpage PDF” describing how to document and dispose of 2014 KRA assessment kit materials.
The latest KRA updates: sent out July 28, 2015 are at this link July 2015 KRA Update.
Data Manager webinar: On July 29, 2015 ODE hosted a "Data Manager" webinar Data manager guidelines at http://dataguidelines.kready.org
IMPORTANT! All teachers must be entered into the KRA/Ready for Kindergarten online system:
• The system was updated and passwords from last year will no longer work.
• Teachers needs to be entered into the Ready for Kindergarten online system by their district Data Manager in order to:
   o Participate in KRA PD and to take the certification test to become KRA assessors
   o Access the online KRA refresher course
   o Access KRA updates
   o Enter student scores in the online KRA system.
• Three IMPORTANT Steps to follow:
   o 1) District Data Manager must enter each teacher into the KRA online system
   o 2) Teacher will receive an email from the system with a link to set/reset their password (if you don’t get email look in your spam folder)
   o 3) Once Teacher has access to the Ready for Kindergarten site Data Managers should provide them with the Pin Number in order to access the Professional Development resources and updates. Follow the steps in the attached document. (Accessing the Update screencast)
• Please note: The PIN number should not be given to staff not yet trained as part of the Testing Security Procedures. They will be provided with this information when they attend the face to face training.

We are happy to help if you run into trouble.

SST4 KRA Team:
• Teresa Brown tbrown@sst4.org
• Krista Dickens kdickens@sst4.org
• Merrie Darrah mdarrah@sst4.org
• Anthony Pizutti apizutti@sst4.org
KRA/ELA Training - Fall 2015
KRA registration is now AVAILABLE on STARS.  Please register for one of the following sessions:
August 17th and 18th
August 24th
September 3rd
ELA registration is now AVAILABLE on OCCRRA.  Please register for one of the following sessions:
August 20th and 21st
August 25th and 26th
September 16th and 17th
Thank you,
SST EC Staff
Contact Information
Krista Dickens, Early Learning & School Readiness Consultant
Cell:  440.251.1906
Teresa Brown,  Early Learning & School Readiness Consultant
Cell:  440.759.8559
2016-17 Lake-Geauga Interagency Agreement
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