- Learning is Child's Play - 2022-23 Community Playgroup
- 2022-23 Child Development Days Screening
- Child Abuse Prevention
- School Age Parents
Learning is Child's Play - 2022-23 Community Playgroup
Learning is Child's Play is an inclusive playgroup for 3 year olds to promote sharing, turn-taking, and friendship skills facilitated by the Franklin Public School Early Childhood Staff at Ben Franklin Elementary.
Please CLICK HERE to view the informational flyer. Register online via the forms linked in the flyer. Space is limited!
2022-23 Child Development Days Screening
Each year, Franklin Public Schools holds a screening for all three-year-old children who reside in the district boundaries. Known as Child Development Days, the program combines a play-based observational screening of children with a "Child Fair" for parents to learn more about child and family related services in the area. School Psychologists, Speech & Language Pathologists, Early Childhood teachers and other district staff will be on hand to discuss screening results and answer any questions you have about your child's development. Parents of three-year-old children are instructed to contact the Student Services Department for an appointment. Please call Chelsea Wegner at 414-525-7626 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
This year families will have four opportunities to sign up for a screening. Please click here to view the informational brochure and see the flyer below for additional information.
Child Abuse Prevention
Franklin Public Schools has been teaching Child Abuse Prevention since 1986 through a collaborative effort of the Franklin Police Department and the Franklin School District Student Services Team (School Social Workers, School Psychologists, and School Guidance Counselors). As part of the School Guidance Curriculum, classroom sessions are conducted in each elementary classroom and at the secondary level through the health curriculum in order that all children receive some instruction on safety issues and decision making in their approach to and understanding of personal safety in various environments. Franklin Police officers have presented along with the Pupil Services staff in primary-level classrooms and at the high school level in order to help students better understand their personal safety and the resources available to assist them when confronted with safety concerns.
An example of a primary grade level curriculum is as follows:
- Review personal Safety rules (Say no, Get Away, Tell Someone)
- Everyone has the right to feel safe
- Define Safety - Early warning signs (stomach, sweating, heart rate, breathing, headache, shaking, dry mouth)
- Nothing is so awful that you can't talk about it with someone
- Keep telling until you feel safe
- Clarification of personal support systems (adults you can trust and talk to)
- Who is a stranger? define/discuss
- Define physical abuse (being punished severely- usually involves injuries)
- Safe and unsafe responses to abuse
- Define sexual abuse - Touching of private parts (parts normally covered by your swimsuit), asking you to touch their private parts, showing of private parts
- Anyone could be an abuser, even someone we know or love
- The victim is never responsible for the behavior of the offender
- The offender is responsible and needs help
- Abusive behavior should never be kept a secret
Please refer to the following links for resources and updated information regarding Child Abuse Safety:
Prevent Child Abuse WI
Child Lures Prevention
National Center for Missing & Exploited Children
Informational Dyslexia Guidebook
Per 2019 Wisconsin Act 86, Wisconsin’s Department of Public Instruction (DPI) collaborated with an advisory committee comprised of individuals representing the Wisconsin Branch of the International Dyslexia Association (WIBIDA) and the Wisconsin State Reading Association (WSRA) to create an informational guidebook about dyslexia and related conditions.
The informational dyslexia guidebook required by 2019 Wisconsin Act 86 is online at https://dpi.wi.gov/reading/dyslexiaguidebook.
As required by Act 86, the guidebook contains:
- Screening processes and tools available to identify dyslexia and related conditions
- Interventions and instructional strategies that have been shown to improve academic performance of pupils with dyslexia and related conditions
- Resources and services related to dyslexia and related conditions
School Age Parents
Approximately 35% of adolescent girls in the United States become pregnant at least once before age 20. Evidence shows that 14% of high school- aged males report causing at least one pregnancy. FPS believes that preventive efforts to minimize risk factors for early parenthood and to promote positive parenting of children born to teen parents are important and necessary. A team approach is the best to meet the diverse and complex needs of our students.
The well being of pregnant and parenting adolescents influences the physical, cognitive, behavioral, and emotional status of their children. Teen parents are at risk for dropping out of school and more likely to have additional teen pregnancies impacting their current and future socio-economic level. The adolescent's physical, developmental, social, and economic concerns need to be considered when planning academic accommodations and connecting these students with community resources. Students are supported to maintain regular attendance through established regular contact with teachers, administrators and pupil services personnel during the school day.
The team working with the pregnant and/or school age parent collaborates with the student, family, school staff, and medical provider to plan for the care and academic success. The school nurse provides support and interventions to the student as the pregnancy progresses and recommends modifications necessary for the safety and well being of the student in the school setting. Social workers and counselors monitor academic requirements, progress and potential barriers. By developing a supportive relationship with student, the school team can positively affect the student's future by encouraging follow up with community resources and referrals. The goal for the school age parent is to return to school as soon as possible and to promote their academic success.