Opinion: Norwalk ACTS director’s weekly shout outs

Anthony Allison

Anthony Allison is the executive director of Norwalk ACTS. 

Shout Out to all of Norwalk’s early childhood providers who just completed the Beginning of the Year PELI (Preschool Early Learning Indicators) Assessment, thereby embracing data to ensure that preschool children enter Kindergarten ready to learn.

The PELI Project, an initiative born out of Norwalk ACTS’ support of Norwalk’s early childhood community, enables preschool teachers to identify areas where children may be experiencing difficulties in order to provide early language and literacy instructional support and intervention before they enter Kindergarten. The PELI Assessment assesses pre-K childrens’ alphabet knowledge, vocabulary and oral language, phonemic awareness, and listening comprehension.

Shout Out to Sarah Zarucha, Assistant Director of Growing Seeds Child Development Center at Trinity Place, one of the preschool providers mentioned above, for receiving a grant to incorporate Snap Ed into its curriculum. SnapEd is an evidence-based intervention program provided by the U.S. Department of Agriculture that is aimed at promoting healthy life choices.

Last week, Captain 5 A Day and his dog Boneso visited Growing Seeds’ 3 to 5 year olds, using music and movement, crafts, and tasting activities to encourage fruit and vegetable intake, building strong bones and increasing physical activity. Snap Ed also provides professional development for Growing Seeds’ staff, and in November, an eight-week training session will be offered for parents.

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