Early Childhood/Preschool/Kindergarten

Last Updated: 4/1/2021 6:42 PM

Early Childhood Director

Kim Saalwaechter

Kim Saalwaechter




 Preschool and Kindergarten Registration

Webster County 21-22 Preschool Pre-registration link is now available.

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**Kentucky guidelines state that all At-Risk Children are eligible for Preschool Services. At-risk is defined as meeting state income guidelines or having a disability (as defined by the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act) such as speech, motor, cognitive, physical, or social/emotional development.

What is “School Readiness?”

School Readiness means that each child enters school ready to engage in and benefit from early learning experiences that best promote the child’s success and ability to be Ready to Grow, Ready to Learn, and Ready to Succeed.

-Kentucky Governor’s Office of Early Childhood

All kindergarten students will participate in a school readiness screening called The Brigance. The child's kindergarten teacher will be sending home parent questionnaires to assist us with collecting important kindergarten readiness information. This is conducted within the first month of school. Your child's teacher will review the results with you at the first parent-teacher conference.


Webster County Born To Read

Stephanie Brown, Webster County Schools Early Childhood Community Liaison, is placing reading shelves and books in the Webster Community doctors' offices. The WC Born to Read initiative's goal is to improve early childhood literacy and school readiness. The books and shelves were purchased by the Webster County Preschool Quality Improvement Grant.

                                                                                                               Born to Read 2018


Congratulations Webster County Preschools

Congratulations to all Webster County Preschools for receiving a "5 STAR" rating based on the Kentucky All STARS rating system. Kentucky All STARS is Kentucky's expanded five-star quality rating and improvement system serving all early care and education programs, including childcare centers, Head Start and public preschools, that receive public funding. All STARS recognizes programs that have made a commitment to continuous quality improvement and provide programs with additional support including training, technical assistance, and coaching. 

Webster County Schools Named “Early Childhood Trendsetter District” 

Webster County Schools earned “Early Childhood Trendsetter District” recognition at the Kentucky Kindergarten Readiness Conference sponsored by the Kentucky Governor’s Early Childhood Council on March 10th, 2017 in Lexington, KY. The Webster County Early Childhood Team participated n a “best practices panel” representing rural districts along with Fayette County representing urban districts. Webster County Schools Superintendent Dr. Rachel Yarbrough commented, “Webster County Schools are making great strides in strengthening the educational opportunities for its earliest learners." 

1WC StrongStarts Early Childhood Initiatives:

  • Alpha Academies
  • Born Learning Academies
  • WC Born To Read
  • Tiny Trojans in Training
  • Little Trojan Backpacks
    Preschool Tier 2 Partnership Grant
  • Kindergarten Family Fun Night
  • Kindergarten Jump Start
  • Future Kids2College Graduate Stickers & Shirts

Webster County Alpha Academies

Alpha Academy is an early childhood partnership with Audubon Area Headstart to offer additional early childhood services to families in Webster County.  The academy locations are at Providence Elementary and Sebree Elementary.   There are four rooms that serve 6 weeks to 3-year-olds and a Child Development Center that serves children 3 to 5 years old.  There are 16 slots available for the 6 weeks to 3-year-old rooms at both locations. There are 18 slots available at the Child Development Center for children 3-5 years old. Individuals are eligible either by private pay or by meeting federal poverty guidelines. We look forward to the great opportunities that Alpha Academy will bring to our families of Webster County. For enrollment information, please contact Steffanie Smith.  Her email is: stsmith@audubon-area.com and her phone number is 270-667-5056.

"Webster County Schools Start From the Beginning"

Webster County Alpha Academies play a key role in shaping Webster County's early childhood education. A staff writer for the Kentucky School Board Associations' Kentucky School Advocate recently spent a day in Webster County to observe the district's Alpha Academies.

(Excerpt below from the Kentucky School Advocate, Madelynn Coldiron)

“We have reshaped what’s going on with early childhood in Webster County schools,” Superintendent Rachel Yarbrough said. “It’s not just K-12 for us anymore. We are just as committed to what’s happening in Alpha Academy as we are in what’s happening in high school algebra.” 
The two daycare centers, licensed to Webster County Schools and staffed by Head Start employees, are located at Providence and Sebree elementary schools. Each has two classrooms outfitted for day care and early learning.


"Webster County Schools Start From the Beginning"