We use the Kentucky Early Childhood Standards and Teaching Strategies curriculum as our guides in developing lesson plans. We document each child’s progress as they meet objectives on the developmental continuum laid out by Teaching Strategies beginning in our infant classrooms. Individualized goals for children are established based on the continuum. Each classroom builds on the successes of the previous classroom with all classrooms working towards the goal of school readiness and success. Information gathered on each child is placed in a portfolio that parents are welcome to view at anytime. The information gathered in the portfolios is given to parents when the child leaves the center to share with the child’s kindergarten teacher.
We also use the Brigance and Ages and Stages screening tools. These tools also help to determine if a child needs further evaluation or services. We use these tools to improve our curriculum and teaching plans to ensure school readiness.
Over 65% of our staff has a Child Development Associate (CDA) Credential™ or an Associates, Bachelor's or Master's degree. 95% of our teachers have their CPR/First Aid Certification.
Our team is lead by Amanda Palmer, director. Amanda (front left) has a Bachelor's degree in public relations from Eastern Kentucky University, and has been with GCDC since 2013.
Miranda Lamont serves as our curriculum coordinator. Miranda (front right) has a Bachelor's degree in elementary education from Eastern Kentucky University and a Master's in Elementary Education from Georgetown College. She spent several years as a special education K-3 teacher and teaching 4th grade math and science before starting at GCDC. She is in charge or our lessons, goals, developmental updates, and the overall educational environments of the classrooms.
Ruthy Wright (back left) is our schedule coordinator. She is responsible for preparing our daily schedule, ensuring we meet state-mandated staffing ratios, and coordinating time off. She has been with GCDC since 2004 and has served in many different roles during her time with us. She also has her CDA.
Paula Sue Smith (back right) has been with GCDC since 2004 and serves as our business manager. She oversees the food program, all of our billing for both parents and our federal and state programs, payroll, and any other budgetary needs/requirements.