Early Childhood Readiness

Contact Information

Chief Academic Officer
Shelley Hamel
(307) 777-2058
shelley.hamel@wyo.gov
Early Learning Consultant
Thom Jones
(307) 777-5674
thom.jones@wyo.gov

The Early Childhood Readiness team provides leadership and support to schools, organizations, educators, families and communities in implementing programs to assist children become lifelong learners at an early age. The years before a child reaches kindergarten are among the most critical in his or her life to influence learning. Kindergarten Readiness and Early Literacy are essential to foster a base for a strong learner. Collaboration and communication between early child agencies is a crucial part to this development. Providing strong Early Learning programs can help engage parents, community, and children in the first steps of the educational process.

Early Childhood Community Collaborative Grant

A new grant was created during the 2019 Legislative Session. This grant is available to districts and non-profits that provide early childhood education. Currently, the grant is defined by Emergency Rules within Chapter 46 of the Education section of Wyoming’s Administrative Rules. Districts and nonprofits that provide early childhood education can apply for the grant immediately, and the WDE seeks public comment on the proposed final version of Chapter 46.

Applying for the Grant

Applicable organizations can apply for the grant immediately using the form below. Grant applications are due October 1, 2019, and awardees will be notified by November 1, 2019.

Proposed Rules

Chapter 46 is new, and while the grant currently functions under Emergency Rules, it is in the process of being finalized. The chapter can be found below, accompanied by a Strike/Underlined version compares the Emergency Rules and the Proposed Rules. In addition, a statement of reason is also available.

Public Comment

The WDE seeks public comment on Chapter 46’s Proposed Rules. The comment window is open until October 6, 2019. All public comments will be recorded verbatim, including the submitter’s name and city of residence.

Public comment can also be mailed to:
Wyoming Department of Education
Attn: Thom Jones
122 West 25th Street, Suite E200
Cheyenne, WY 82002

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