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Passport to Kindergarten

Passport to Kindergarten

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Sponsored by PNC Grow Up Great, Passport to Kindergarten is a year-long program for Preschool teachers and their young learners’ families. The initiative promotes literacy and language skills by providing monthly professional development to Preschool teachers, while also offering free enriching learning opportunities to children and families.


Identify local preschool teachers who are committed to participate in ongoing professional development on dialogic reading and implement it to fidelity in their classrooms with the goal of improving oral language skills of their students.


Approximately 25-30 classrooms will be accepted in the Passport to Kindergarten Cohort for 2022-2023 school year.  The cohort is open to all Preschool Promise classrooms.  We are excited to offer the opportunity for the Lead Teacher along with their Assistant Teacher to apply together as a team. 


Eligible applicants are lead and assistant teachers working at Preschool Promise sites. Applicants need to:    
  • View themselves as lifelong learners and are open to refining their instructional practices within their classrooms. 
  • Are knowledgeable about and committed to family involvement in the education of their preschool children. 
  • Are committed to ensuring that the families they serve have access to and feel welcomed in the educational and arts resources available in the Miami Valley region.


The applications will be evaluated by a review panel comprised of Passport to Kindergarten partners and the Preschool Promise Advisory Cabinet with a follow up interview to be scheduled.   

Cohort Guidelines

  1. Participating teachers will be required all monthly trainings and meetings held every first Monday of the month beginning August 1, 2022. No participant shall miss more than two (2) sessions.  All sessions will be in-person.
  2. Participating teachers will be required to attend Passport to Kindergarten events within the school year (September-Kick Off; at Dayton Metro Library; January at Boonshoft Museum of Discovery; May at Five Rivers MetroParks; along with classroom activities from Boonshoft Museum of Discovery, Five Rivers MetroParks, Muse Machine and Dayton Art Institute.)
  3. Team applications will require that both the lead and assistant teacher attend each meeting and function together. 
  4. Participating teachers will be accepted for the site from which they apply at the time of this application. Should the teacher/or team switch positions, they will not be allowed to continue with the learning community. 
  5. Each participating teacher will receive a stipend.
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