Youth and School Services (CYSS) staff members at the Fort McCoy Child
Development Center (CDC) are gearing up to introduce the Strong
Beginnings program Sept. 1, which will help prepare pre-kindergartners
lot of children in that age group need to improve their classroom
management skills," said Cindy Storkel, Fort McCoy Child, Youth
and School Services (CYSS) Training and Curriculum specialist.
"This program will help them learn those skills to be successful
upon entering kindergarten. It is being introduced throughout the Army
so it will make this training standardized."
in military daycare tend to have very good social skills. Storkel said
the Strong Beginnings program is being implemented to improve the
management skills of pre-kindergartners to match their civilian
counterparts, and the curriculum also focuses on academic skills, such
as math and literacy.
Smith, McCoy CDC director, said the program will have the same
eligibility requirements as children attending the CDC.
in the pre-kindergarten class must turn 4 years old on or before Sept.
1 at the beginning of a school year.
children who are enrolled full time (at CDC) automatically will
participate in the Strong Beginnings program," Smith said.
"The part-time children can participate as space is
said the day for full-time children will begin with their weekday care
with wrap-around care from 7:30-8:30 a.m., before they attend the
Strong Beginnings class from 8:30-11:30 a.m.
day will end with wrap-around care from 11:30 a.m.-end of the day.
Strong Beginnings class will mirror the school year with its Sept. 1
said the program will be closed on federal holidays.
will include the Thursday and Friday of Thanksgiving and a break for
Christmas Dec. 23-Jan. 3, 2010.
programís last scheduled date for the 2009-10 school year is June 3.
said the pre-kindergarten room will include furniture and equipment to
make it look more like a school classroom.
the new facility, we can see a potential for future growth in this
program and other CDC programs," Smith said.
Strong Beginnings program supports the Army Community Covenant and
Army Family Covenant. The program supports the Army Community Covenantís
promise that the strength of Soldiers comes from the strength of their
families. The program supports the Army Family Covenant by ensuring
excellence in schools, youth services and child care.
more information about the program, call the CYSS at
information also is available at the Web site http://www.mccoymwr.com,
by clicking on the Child, Youth and School Services program.