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 Crystal Hale, director. Crystal has an Associate's degree in early childhood education, and has been with GCDC since 2015.
Ruthy Wright is our operation coordinator. She is responsible for preparing our daily schedule, ensuring we meet child-staff ratios, overseeing the building/maintenance, 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 and is pursuing her director's certification.
Paula Sue Smith 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.
Teffany Buntin is our infant/toddler coordinator. She is responsible for ensuring the classrooms meet state-mandated requirements, conducts ITERS reviews, and oversee the curriculum for the classrooms.
Amanda Palmer serves as our public relations coordinator. She manages our website, Facebook page, enrollment and serves as a back-up to all other areas of the team.