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Kindergartners need a little preparation

Cindy Ramunno Special to the Daily

If your child is heading off to kindergarten soon, mark your calendar. During the afternoon and evening on March 10, Dr. Lisa Klein will be presenting information for parents on how to best get their kids ready for the experience.

Caring For Kids will host the event that is also sponsored by the Eagle County School District, the Vail Valley Foundation and The Youth Foundation. Klein will speak at Berry Creek Middle School from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. and then again from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Early-childhood readiness is becoming a major issue in the valley and Klein, a national expert on preparing for kindergarten, will help parents and children make a smooth transition to kindergarten and ensure school success.

Klein designs, develops and evaluates programs that are aimed at improving the lives of young children and their families. She is currently working on a 17-state initiative to identify and track school readiness in order to refine education policies for young students.

Some of her other projects include a monograph on early childhood education for Harvard University and presentations on how the social-emotional development of young children affect future school performance.

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Klein holds a master’s degree in education with an emphasis in psychology from the University of Kansas. She holds a doctorate degree in psychology with an emphasis in child development from the University of Missouri-Kansas City. She also completed a one-year fellowship at the Menninger Institute in Early Childhood and Family Systems and has worked at the Kauffman Foundation.

Debby Beard, founder and former director of Sunshine Mountain Preschool in Eagle, says she encourages parents of preschoolers to attend Klein’s presentation.

“Just her experience at the Menninger Institute and the Kauffman Foundation alone makes her an invaluable resource for teachers and parents,” says Beard.

Jeanne McQueeney – a volunteer for the nonprofit Caring for Kids – says she agrees. “Dr. Klein is an informed expert on the subject of early childhood education. She won’t be giving an opinion on the subject, but will present research and proven strategies on the subject,” McQueeney says.

Klein is a partner in Hestia Advising, an independent consulting firm based in Kansas City.

There is no cost to attend this event. To reserve a space or for more information, call McQueeney at 328-0774.

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