State law requires that every county school system submit a plan detailing how early childhood education will be implemented over the next nine years. Counties have until 2012-2013 school year to provide every four-year old in the county access to a high quality pre-kindergarten program.
“We are well on our way to full implementation of early childhood education,” said State Schools Superintendent David Stewart. “Children who get a jump start on their education will see the benefits in the years to come.”
As part of the requirements, any public school pre-kindergarten or participating program that contracts with the local board of education to provide West Virginia Pre-K services must meet or exceed the quality standards in Policy 2525, which are currently in effect. Also, all programs not licensed by the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (WVDHHR) either currently operated by the county board of education or contracted with the board of education should request a visit from the WVDHHR licensing specialist prior to February 2004.
The Pre-Kindergarten plans have been a collaborative effort between the WVDE and WVDHHR. Counties must have their next plans prepared for approval by February 27, 2004.