Preschool Years

 

AmGradIcon-ResourcesBuilding a foundation for school success starts with the earliest days of life. Early childhood education is a major focus of PBS so we have lots of resources to share. KLRU also has deep connections with the Central Texas early childhood educational community.

If you are looking for quality early childhood programs for your child, or to help you raise your child or someone else’s, we suggest you call United Way’s 211 telephone number. They receive current information on open slots in high-quality child care programs, home visiting programs, and parent/family workshops.  They can also provide information on how to get support for more basic life needs, such as:

  • hunger
  • curious georgehomelessness
  • medical care
  • mental health care
  • vision/hearing

This tool provides ideas for building children’s readiness for Kindergarten:

E3 School Readiness Parent Guide 

Are you a parent, teacher, or educator looking for fun, safe, high-quality educational media for kids?  KLRU Kids has games, videos and much, much more. 

For more fun and learning with young children, we suggest the following free/low-cost options:

smart screen time

Watch videos about work being done locally in early childhood education.

Early education sets standard for future success

Early education is a key to creating a lifelong dedication to knowledge. KLRU supports community efforts to encourage early childhood education, one of the tenets of American Graduate Initiative. Scroll down from this post to read and watch stories of local American Graduate Champions making a difference in early childhood education in our area. And here are some quick links to resources for your family ….

KLRU Kids has games, videos and much more to help kids find a love for learning.

Watch videos about work being done locally in early childhood education.

KLRU Partners offering early childhood resources:
ACC Children’s Lab School
AISD Pre K
Any Baby Can
Child Inc
Extend a Care for Kids
JCC – Jewish Family planning
Literacy Coalition of Central Texas
Mainsprings
One Voice
Open Door
KLRU Smart Screen Time
KLRU Smart Screen Time (Spanish version)
SSP Early Childhood Education
Thinkery
United Way
United

American Graduate Champion: Rosey Woodfin

LRU shares the inspiring stories of the people that are making our community a success! As part of our American Graduate initiative, we’re honoring American Graduate Champions that have been submitted by the community.

Today’s Champion is Rosey Woodfin! Rosey Woodfin is a kindergarten teacher in Round Rock, Texas. She gives hope to bilingual and unilingual families alike that early education will be beneficial and enjoyable. “She inspires her students to pursue their dreams and learn and she helps the Spanish-speaking family members of her students understand her class and feel welcome,” her nomination form said.

Do you know someone in our community who is working to improve high school success for students throughout Central Texas? Recognize them as an American Graduate Champion! American Graduate Champions can be students who work as mentors, business leaders who serve as role models, school officials making changes to better the system, parent activists, and even struggling students who are overcoming obstacles in order to graduate.

American Graduate Champion: Joye Ardrey

LRU shares the inspiring stories of the people that are making our community a success! As part of our American Graduate initiative, we’re honoring American Graduate Champions that have been submitted by the community.

Today’s Champion is Joye Ardrey! Joye Ardrey is a teacher in Round Rock, Texas. Ardrey teaches the class of future teachers at the Cedar Ridge High School Academy of Public Services. She leads a group of student leaders and mentors in her curriculum classes, which include Principles of Education and Training, Child Development and Child Guidance. “She is giving students hands on experience as a teacher and a mentor and giving them the tools they need to teach the kids well,” her nomination form said.

Do you know someone in our community who is working to improve high school success for students throughout Central Texas? Recognize them as an American Graduate Champion! American Graduate Champions can be students who work as mentors, business leaders who serve as role models, school officials making changes to better the system, parent activists, and even struggling students who are overcoming obstacles in order to graduate.

Videos about Early Education work

Here are videos showcasing Austin’s efforts to provide early education for all:

AISD & COA Promote Free Pre-K for Qualified Families

Children’s Museum Offers Bilingual Education Storytime

Summer Lunch Programs Help Refugee Children Learn

Combating “Summer Brain Drain” in Low Income Students

After School Program Teaches English Through Dance

St. Elmo Program Helps Students from Pre K to College

Additional resources to help address early education needs:

KLRU Kids

Play To Learn

Smart Screen Time (English)

Smart Screen Time (Spanish)

Communities in Schools 

United Way 

American Graduate Day is Saturday, Oct. 3.

American Graduate Champion: Liz Conway Plachta

KLRU shares the inspiring stories of the people that are making our community a success! As part of our American Graduate initiative, we’re honoring American Graduate Champions that have been submitted by the community.

liz-conway-plachtaToday’s Champion is Liz Conway Plachta! Liz runs a nonprofit organization called Ruby’s Rainbow that grants scholarships to adults with Down syndrome who are seeking post-secondary educational opportunities.

The nomination from the community says, “In 2010, Liz and her husband Tim had an adorable daughter Ruby – who was born with an extra chromosome. They knew they wanted to ensure that Ruby had all the opportunities possible for her success in education and in life, and this quickly expanded into Liz wanting to help others with Down syndrome be able to go on to college as well. Inspired by her daughter, Liz founded the organization Ruby’s Rainbow and started fundraising to help provide college scholarships to help individuals with Down syndrome.”

Do you know someone in our community who is working to improve high school success for students throughout Central Texas? Recognize them as an American Graduate Champion! American Graduate Champions can be students who work as mentors, business leaders who serve as role models, school officials making changes to better the system, parent activists, and even struggling students who are overcoming obstacles in order to graduate.

American Graduate Champion: Jason Senegal

KLRU shares the inspiring stories of the people that are making our community a success! As part of our American Graduate initiative, we’re honoring American Graduate Champions that have been submitted by the community.

jason-senegalToday’s Champion is Jason Senegal! Senegal is a dad. In the video, Isabella and Alaura Senegal, Jason’s daughters, talk about why Senegal is their champion. “He plays with us at the park and helps us with hard words while we read,” said Isabella and Alaura.

Watch the video to find out more about Isabella and Alaura’s champion!

Do you know someone in our community who is working to improve high school success for students throughout Central Texas? Recognize them as an American Graduate Champion! American Graduate Champions can be students who work as mentors, business leaders who serve as role models, school officials making changes to better the system, parent activists, and even struggling students who are overcoming obstacles in order to graduate.

American Graduate Champion: Stephanie Bonnet-Kramer

KLRU shares the inspiring stories of the people that are making our community a success! As part of our American Graduate initiative, we’re honoring American Graduate Champions that have been submitted by the community.

stephanie-bonnet-kramerToday’s Champion is Stephanie Bonnet-Kramer. Stephanie is the Early Childhood Program Administrator for Hays CISD. She manages the eight campus based Early Learning Centers for the children of district employees. She also provides leadership and support for the district’s Pre-K and Kinder programs. In addition to that, she serves as the liaison between the district and outside agencies such as E3 Alliance, Head Start, United Way, Agri-Life, Region XIII, and other community childcare programs. She gives guidance and support to all early childhood students, teachers, and staff. Stephanie also assists in the collaboration between home, school, and the community. Using programs such as Love and Logic for Parents and Teachers, as well as many other resources, she also provides training to teachers, paraprofessionals, principals, as well as parents in the community. The recognition letter submitted by the community said: “I feel as if Stephanie should serve as an inspiration for everyone to not only do a job, but do it well and with genuine pleasure. Her love for young children motivates her to seek out the most innovative and most effective information to teach and serve our communities youngest members. Her passion for what she does ignites in others to work as hard for betterment of the education of young children.”

Do you know someone in our community who is working to improve high school success for students throughout Central Texas? Recognize them as an American Graduate Champion! American Graduate Champions can be students who work as mentors, business leaders who serve as role models, school officials making changes to better the system, parent activists, and even struggling students who are overcoming obstacles in order to graduate.

American Graduate Champion: Rhonda Hauser

KLRU shares the inspiring stories of the people that are making our community a success! As part of our American Graduate initiative, we’re honoring American Graduate Champions that have been submitted by the community.

rhonda-hauserToday’s Champion is Rhonda Hauser. Hauser is the Director of the University of Texas Priscilla Pond Flawn Child & Family Laboratory. She works and interacts with children, parents, college students, staff. Hauser is a champion because she truly lives to help those she works with and beyond. Not only does she come in to contact with children ages 18 mo.- 6 years of age and the parents and caregivers of these children, but day in and day out she mentors those adults that want to learn more about positive guidance in the early childhood space and much more. Many have found in her a true friend, mentor, advocate and role model. She has helped many families with the day to day transitions and struggles of parenting, but has also been there for families who have experienced divorce, death, homelessness, poverty. Rhonda is a Champion because she lives to make a positive impact in the lives of many. The recognition letter submitted by the community said: “Others would benefit from this because no matter the many different roles Rhonda plays she always puts her best foot forward. Rhonda does not sing her own praises but instead her character and work speak for itself and is demonstrated in the many lives she touches.”

Do you know someone in our community who is working to improve high school success for students throughout Central Texas? Recognize them as an American Graduate Champion! American Graduate Champions can be students who work as mentors, business leaders who serve as role models, school officials making changes to better the system, parent activists, and even struggling students who are overcoming obstacles in order to graduate.

 

 

American Graduate Champion: Montserrat Garibay

KLRU shares the inspiring stories of the people that are making our community a success! As part of our American Graduate initiative, we’re honoring American Graduate Champions that have been submitted by the community.

montserrat-garibayToday’s Champion is Montserrat Garibay. Garibay, Vice-President of Education Austin, Montserrat is a world-class early childhood teacher, a National Board Certified Teacher, a vigorous proponent for quality education and support for teachers, and a tireless supporter for the right of undocumented youth and their families. The recognition letter submitted by the community said: “Montserrat has in many ways been living the American Dream, but she’ll be the first to tell you that good things have only come about through struggle. She, her sister, and her mother escaped a treacherous situation in Mexico when she was a little girl, they all lived under fear of deportation as she grew up, but all the while she excelled academically and seized educational opportunity. As an adult, she has been constantly giving back to her society by becoming a top-notch teacher and scholar. With her turn toward policy and civil rights matters, Montse has stepped onto a larger stage but always, her heart and mind remain with those who are growing up in the conditions that she once faced. If we can help those youth and their families live more secure lives, we all benefit from the talents and energy they have to offer.”

Do you know someone in our community who is working to improve high school success for students throughout Central Texas? Recognize them as an American Graduate Champion! American Graduate Champions can be students who work as mentors, business leaders who serve as role models, school officials making changes to better the system, parent activists, and even struggling students who are overcoming obstacles in order to graduate.