Early Childhood/Preschool/Kindergarten

Kim Saalwaechter

Early Childhood Director

Kim Saalwaechter



2019-20 PRESCHOOL SCREENINGS: May 14, 15, & 16.

Appointments are required and can be made by calling 270-639-0100 starting April 8, 2019 from 9:00-2:00 daily. 

A preschool child must be at least 3 years old by August 1, 2019.  Screenings will be held at the Dixon Community Center at 101 St. Rt. 132 E. Dixon, KY  42409. If you need more information, please contact Kim Saalwaechter at 270-639-3405.

Open the Door to Lifelong Learning




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 provides programs with additional support including training, technical assistance and coaching. Preschool staff members were recognized at the October 30, 2017 BOE Meeting.

Congratulations, Terri Lovan!

Congratulations to Terri Lovan, Early Childhood Teacher at Clay Elementary, for being chosen to attend the new KY Super Stars Leadership Academy!! Participants will learn to create the best learning environments for students, implement instructional strategies proven to increase school readiness, engage parents, build collaborative community partnerships, and mentor staff and emerging leaders. The academy program will take place in five regions of KY with 250 early childhood professionals. Terri will be representing Cohort #2. All training content will link to the new KY All STARS rating system.

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 which 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"