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Next Education Matters explores kindergarten readiness

For Release: 2013-04-16 14:54:00

The next Education Matters, ďKindergarten Readiness,Ē explores the Brigance Kindergarten Screen, an assessment tool recently adopted by the Kentucky Department of Education, and takes a look at how preschools, parents and informal learning experiences can help young children arrive at kindergarten ready to succeed and thrive. The program, hosted by Bill Goodman, airs Monday, May 6 at 9/8 p.m. on KET.

According to recent data compiled by the Kentucky Department of Education, only 28 percent of incoming kindergarten students start school ready to succeed academically. In this final Education Matters of the season, the panel will discuss the reasons Kentucky has adopted the Brigance Kindergarten Screen for 2013-14, which include assessing the needs of all incoming kindergarteners and helping to tailor instruction to meet each studentís individual needs right from the start.

The program includes segments recorded at Hagar Preschool in Owensboro and the H.W. Wilkey Born Learning Academy in Leitchfield in Grayson County to demonstrate how early childhood educators and families prepare young students for academic and social success through developmentally appropriate instruction and informal learning experiences.

Scheduled panelists for the program include:

--Bill Buchanan, school readiness branch manager, Kentucky Department of Education

--Rick Hulefeld, chair of the Early Childhood Advisory Council and Executive Director of Children, Inc. in Northern Kentucky

--Sarah Hornback, director of family services, LaRue County Schools

--Becky Nixon, director of preschool, Bellevue Independent Schools

Education Matters is a KET production. More information about KET programming and education services, as well as how to support KET, can be found at

Contact: Abby Malik



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