Ready for K through Play Communities of Practice



The Ready for K through Play Communities of Practice is an innovative professional development opportunity for child care centers in Jefferson County.

Communities of practice are formed by people who serve a common purpose, share a concern or a passion for something they do, and engage in process of learning how to do it better, as they interact regularly.

  • Child care centers will be able to earn up to 18 hours of certified training hours for each participating staff member from May 2017 through April 2018.
  • Centers will be eligible to receive stipends (based on staff attendance) to offset the cost of substitutes, overtime, or mileage. (Approximately $25 per teacher per session).
  • Participants will be eligible to receive door prizes and other classroom incentives through drawings at each session.

Centers chosen for the program will be allowed up to:

  • 3 staff for the Infant/Toddler COP, and
  • 3 staff for the Preschool COP, and
  • 2 staff for the Directors COP.

Three locations are available. Sessions offered at nap time or in the evening.  Lunch or dinner will be provided for FREE to participants. Click the link for a full calendar of sessions. Ready for K through Play COP Calendar

Participants will experience professional development opportunities that are hands-on, fun, pertinent to day-to-day classroom realities, and based on early learning best practices such as: reflective practice, play-based learning, child-centered practices, and the use of observation and documentation to make learning visible. Participants will have the opportunity to network with other teachers or directors from different centers who have similar roles. Holistic learning that is collaborative, engages learners, and supports continuous learning and improvement. High quality professional development that supports changes in teachers’ knowledge and beliefs, supports the transfer of that knowledge to the classroom, and ultimately improves child outcomes.



On-site coaching/technical assistance will be offered one to two times during the course of the year and the COP Facilitator/Coach will be available by phone and email to the participants.  Participants will also take part in an evaluation to improve future early childhood professional development activities in our community.

  • Applications are still being accepted!
  • Submissions will be reviewed by a team with members from 4-C, Metro United Way, and members of the Ready for K High Quality Action Team.
  • Child care centers will be notified on or before May 12th.

Questions? Contact Jessica Carlson, Communities of Practice Coordinator

at 502-618-5153 or [email protected]

Please click here for instructions and to apply.

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