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Sarah Key, leader of the Missouri PreSchool Project at Ava Schools, received Honorable Mention in the Missouri School Boards’ Association FutureBuilders Early Childhood Education Program of the Year Award.
This award is designed to reward public school districts that have implemented programs to advance quality early educational opportunities for children.
To be eligible for the award, the school district must be a member of Missouri School Boards’ Association and must offer a high quality pre-k program.
Award recipients were selected by the MABA FutureBuilders Board based on their innovative approaches and outstanding ability to engage ands support the development of the children in their care and on their overall commitment to early childhood education.
The program at Ava Schools, led by Mrs. Key, is licensed by the Department of Heath and Senior Services and is accredited by the Missouri State Office of Accreditation.
Units of study at this preschool program are designed by Mrs. Key to include developmentally appropriate practices and are aligned with the Early Learning Standards set forth by the State of Missouri.
The Ava R-1 School District received honorable mention for this award, along with the Francisi Howell R-III, Strafford R-VI, and Riverview Gardens School Districts.
The Maplewood-Richmond Heights School District and Nixa Public Schools were other finalists for the award this year, with the top honor going to the Webster Groves School District.
The award was presented at the 2010 MSBA Annual Conference at the Lake of the Ozarks on October 23.