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Activity Packets and Lessons

Check out the Early Learning Lessons at Second Step.

August 10-14 activity packets:

August 3-7 activity packets:

July 27-31 activity packets:

July 20-24 activity packets:

July 13-17 activity packets:

July 7-11 activity packets:

June 29 - July 3 activity packets:

June 23-27 activity packets:

June 15-19 activity packets:

June 8-12 activity packets:

June 1-5 activity packets:

May 25-29 activity packets:

May 18-22 activity packets:

May 11-15 activity packets:

May 4-8 activity packets:

April 27-May 1 activity packets:

April 20-24 activity packets:

April 13-17 activity packets:

March 30-April 3 activity packets:

March 23-27 activity packets:

COVID-19 Preparedness

Kids Central Inc is monitoring COVID-19 and is following the guidelines set by the Virginia Department of Health.

Nurturing Parenting Curriculum PowerPoints

Philosophy and Practices of Nurturing Parenting

The Philosophy and Practices of Nurturing Parenting course was presented at the Esserville Administrative Office for parents and staff on October 9, 2018. This parenting curriculum covers various topics to improve parenting skills and allows parents opportunities to network with other parents to discuss topics relevant to their individual situation.

Summer time fun!

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Family Day

Thank you!

A big shout out to Southwest Virginia Partnership and Virginia Tech for visiting and finishing up the steps that adjoin our Administrative office and Esserville Campus! Thank you all!

Head Start Management Systems

The Head Start management systems wheel is a visual representation of the 12 program management, planning, and oversight systems that are critical to high-quality service delivery. Learn more at ECLKC »

Program Information Report

We had a BLAST 2016

Kids Central, Inc.’s annual BLAST was held May 6th at Bullitt Park. KCI invited families to enjoy a day with their child to celebrate the hard work both have dedicated this program year. Activities included face painting, groovy flowers, lava bottles, making healthy trail mix and tie dye tote-bags to celebrate our theme a Groovy BLAST. The local rescue squad and fire truck were also on display for families and children to explore. Several Kids Central partners from the community set up vendor tables to assist our families in getting resources. WIC, Health Dept. car seat program, Wise County Schools, Health Connect, and MEOC to name a few. Families were then able to sit down to lunch with their child’s classroom and enjoy pizza from Pizza King.

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End of year blast End of year blast


Our first annual F.U.D.G.E night was a huge success. Thanks to all the families who came out to build. A special thanks to Lowes in Wise, VA for donating all the woodworking models and supplies!

Book Fair Fun!

Mosquito -- Pick a day a week to check for breeding grounds


Check out this Mosquito Control Handout (PDF).

Encountering a Hostile Intruder

Playing it safeYour reaction and ability to communicate well in the event that you encounter a hostile intruder at the facility can mean saving lives. There are a few things you should consider carefully now so that if an incident does arise, you are fully prepared to protect yourself and your students.

Read the flyer (PDF)


Play-With-Me at Kids Central, Inc.

This is KCI's 2nd year of hosting a Play-With-Me event in every classroom. Parents are encourage to volunteer in classrooms every day. However, at the beginning of each program year, KCI wants to provide families with an opportunity to come into a classroom and learn. In October, each classroom has planned a day for families to spend time learning about the High\Scope curriculum and daily activities their children explore. Staff provides families with information on High\Score and explain how children learn through play. Often families are new to Head Start and are eager to learn all about how Head Start is beneficial to their family. We hope our Play-With-Me event provides families with comfort of knowing that KCI is focused on their child's school readiness.

Play with me

The words of David P. Weikart best describe the High/Scope curriculum:

"In the High/Scope approach to early childhood education, adults and children share control. We recognize that the power to learn resides in the child, hence the focus on active learning practices. When we accept that learning comes from within, we achieve a critical balance in educating young children. The adult's role is to support and guide young children through their active learning adventures and experiences. I believe this is what makes our program work so well."

Hohmann, M., Weikart, D. P., & Epstein, A. S. (2008). Educating young children: Active learning practices for preschool and child care programs. (3rd. ed.). Ypsilanti, MI: High/Scope Press.

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