How is the RECC different from childcare?
Who can attend?
Where is the RECC located?
When are groups in session?
How many children are in each RECC group session?
What is the teacher/child ratio at RECC?
Will WKU students be caring for my child without supervision?
How much do group sessions cost?
How do I enroll my child?
To initiate a referral, contact Shannon Sales, CEC Family Resource Program Director, at (270) 745-2419 to begin the intake process. A RECC staff member will then contact the family to gather more specific information. An applicaton and additional developmental/educational paperwork will be requested at that time. Once the paperwork is received by RECC, the child will be placed on the appropriate waiting list.
Before the beginning of each semester, applications are reviewed based on current information, however RECC staff may contact families if additional information is needed prior to placement decisions. It is the responsibility of the parent/caregiver to update information (demographic information including phone numbers, addresses, availability, diagnoses, or change in services).
The RECC will contact the parent/caregiver when there is an opening for their child.
Will the inclusion of children with disabilities have a detrimental impact on my child?
No, a recent study examining parent perceptions of the benefits and limitations of their child's toddler program (inclusive) found that parents were satisfied with and saw many benefits to the inclusion of children with delays in their child's classroom. Another current study examined the social, behavioral, communication, and cognitive development of toddlers enrolled in the same inclusive program. Testing in the areas of development demonstrated no detrimental behavioral effects of inclusion and excellent gains in cognitive and language development.
Stahmer, A., and Carter, C. (2005, May). An empirical examination of toddler development in inclusive childcare. Early Child Development & Care, 175, 4, p321.
How will you address my child's unique developmental needs related to his/her disability or developmental delay?
How is RECC unique?
- Individualized learning goals are incorporated info the curriculum for all children.
- RECC is staffed with WKU students who are pursuing an education in early childhood or a related field. They are motivated to provide high quality care and instruction.
- Three of the RECC Staff members hold a certification in IECE (Interdisciplinary Early Childhood Education) and have over 35 years of combined experience working with young children. The other Staff member is a licensed Speech-Language Pathologist, with a double undergraduate degree in Music and Elementary Education and has over 20 years of experience.
- Inclusion of children with differing abilities is planned systematically.
- Group activities are theme-related and strive to help children make important connections regarding ideas and concepts.
- Independence in activities of daily living is a vital program goal. (For example: Toddlers drink from small cups rather than sippy cups. Preschool children help prepare sandwiches, serve themselves, and pour their own juice.)
- Emergent Literacy is emphasized during all group activities. Recall time is incorporated into the schedule of activities. Children tell teachers about their day and teachers document these stories to help children make a connection between thoughts/words and printed language. Visual prompts (photos or pictures) are used to help children recall events of their day.
- Teachers take the time to talk to parents on a daily basis regarding their child's progress and skills.
- Collaboration with outside agencies is available upon parent request.
- Music and movement is considered a vital strategy to maximize children's development in all areas of development.
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