Reasons Why Families Choose Hearts & Hands Inc. of Mt. Horeb for 4K
Caring & Supportive Staff
Longevity of Staff
6 Acres of Outdoor Classroom Space
Individualized Assessments and Portfolios
Over 20 Years in the Community- providing school districts with kindergarten ready students
Highly Trained Staff
4-Star YoungStar Rating Meets Elevated Levels of Quality Standards
Environmental Ratings assessed during formal reviews score above 5.0
Nutritionally Balanced Snack Provided
Based on Department of Public Instruction guidelines, Hearts & Hands Inc. of Mt. Horeb has been working with the Mount Horeb Area School District (MHASD) to provide 4K programming at the Hearts & Hands Inc. site since the inception of the program.
Registration- Any child residing in the Mt. Horeb Area School District or an approved open enrollee who is four years old on or before September 1st may participate in 4K. Visit mhasd.k12.wi.us\page\2371 for 4K enrollment information and required paperwork. Hearts & Hands Inc. can be your first choice for location preference when completing the district 4K Session/Site Preference link.
Staff Training and Implementation:
Wisconsin Model Early Learning Standards (WMELS)- Program staff have been trained and follow this framework for understanding and communicating developmentally appropriate expectations for young children from birth to first grade. The framework was adopted by the MHASD and Hearts & Hands Inc. because of its reputation for excellence in development of the program, curriculum, and assessment practices. Young children enrolled in our program will have opportunities for positive development and learning.
Pyramid Model- Pyramid Model is an evidence based framework that promotes healthy social and emotional development by supporting positive relationships, creating engaging environments, providing concrete teaching strategies, and if/when needed creating individualized interventions for children.
State Licensing - The program undergoes rigorous assessment throughout the year. Basic health and safety regulations are met as determined by the Department of Children and Families, Division of Early Care and Education. See dcf.wi.gov for information specific to our site as well as other programs.
YoungStar- Hearts & Hands Inc. of Mt. Horeb elects to undergo a formal rating of our program by The Department of Children & Families, YoungStar, Wisconsin’s Child Care Quality Rating & Improvement System. This system is a five-star rating system which makes it easy to compare local child care options and find the program that is right for your family. Compare programs at youngstar.wi.gov and get in-depth information, including our education and training, learning environment & curriculum, professional and business practices, and children’s health and well-being.
Early Childhood Environment Rating Scale – Revised (ECERS-R) 2005 – Hearts & Hands Inc. environments are rated at least annually with this scale chosen by the MHASD because of its high reliability and validity in predict quality successful programming. The rating scale is designed for use in child care, preschool, and kindergarten classrooms serving children 2 ½ through 5 years. 43 items are scored on a 7-point scale in these categories: space & furnishings, personal care routines, language-reasoning, activities, interactions, program structure, and parent & staff interactions. Our classrooms continue to average a score above 5 on this 7-point scale.