The Early Childhood Center serves approximately 500 students from preschool through second grade. Under the leadership of the Godfrey Lee Board of Education, 43 highly qualified and certified teachers and itinerant staff members, along with 19 paraprofessionals, and the principal, collaborate to deliver a quality program designed to meet the educational needs of all students.
The Best Buddies Preschool through second grade program at the Early Childhood Center incorporates language arts, science, math and social studies core curriculum standards at each grade level. These standards, known as the Kent County Collaborative Core Curriculum, are shared jointly with other districts in Kent County. These standards are based on the state benchmarks and grade level expectations.
Art, music, physical education, library and computer class time is provided for each student, along with his/her academic program. In addition, there are three special education classrooms within the building. An English Language Support program is engaged in working with the non-English speaking students to assist them in learning English.
With oversight from the Curriculum Coordinating Council and approval of the Godfrey Lee Board of Education, students at the Early Childhood Center incorporate the skills taught in the Respect and Responsibility character education program.
The Early Childhood Center evaluates its programs toward its mission statement of teaching and learning for all, through Measures of Academic Performance, Michigan Literacy Progress Profile and other assessments identified by individual classroom teachers.
We the staff of the Godfrey Lee Early Childhood Center, in cooperation with our parents, students, and community, are committed to creating an atmosphere that promotes lifelong learning. Our goal is that all students will master essential knowledge and skills in a caring, safe, and disciplined environment rich in acceptance and respect.
The Godfrey Lee Early Childhood Center is a place where kids come first.
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Annual Education Report (AER)
August 11, 2011
Dear Parents and Community Members:
We are pleased to present you with the Annual Education Report (AER) which provides key information on the 2010-11 educational progress for Godfrey-Lee Early Childhood Center (ECC). The AER addresses the complex reporting information required by federal and state laws. The school’s report contains information about student assessment, Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) and teacher quality. If you have any questions about the AER, please contact Dr. Carol Lautenbach, Director of Elementary Education and building principal for assistance.
The AER is available for you to review electronically by visiting the following web site
or you may review a copy from Dr. Lautenbach's office at your child’s elementary school.
For 2010-11, the ECC made Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) in English language arts and mathematics. While we are pleased to have reached this important goal, we are continuously working to improve to strengthen our students' academic skills by the time they exit to 3rd grade.
We appreciate the continued support of parents, staff and our community in this effort. We plan to continue our emphasis on literacy through our successful Response-to-Intervention (RTI) approach as well as math skill development and our approach to positive behavior supports. We also feel strongly that our district's fully-subsidized early-elementary programs such as pre-school and all-day-every-day kindergarten have made great strides in preparing our children for first grade and beyond.
State law requires that we also report additional information.
Teachers, students, support staff and parents in our elementary schools are to be congratulated for the excellent work you continue to do each year in school-readiness, reading and mathematics. We should recognize at the same time that we always have room for improvement and our focus should continue to improve learning at a higher level to ensure our students are well-grounded in content area skills and ready for middle school by the time they complete the 5th grade.
It's also important to understand that EdYES!, AYP, and NCLB only measure proficiency in reading and mathematics on one single assessment administered on one day during one school year, and by themselves do not statistically or adequately represent a true measure of overall student achievement or school performance. Our elementary students, despite the highest percentage of limited English proficiency in the county and second highest only to Grand Rapids in percentage of economically disadvantaged, continue to excel at very high levels in all areas of learning.
I look forward to reporting on even greater levels of success in the coming months and years.
Dr. Carol Lautenbach
Director of Elementary Education &
Principal for the ECC and Godfrey Elementary