Head Start Preschool

Paducah Public Schools Updates for March 16 - April 17 Closing
March 30
 Paducah Public Schools to Continue Non-Traditional Instruction and Tornado Takeout Through Spring Break, April 6-10
March 26
Students who have paper packets of assignments will turn in their completed assignments and pick up a new packet Friday, March 27. See the news summary below for bus schedules and specific instructions. 
March 20
In keeping with Governor Beshear’s recommendation that all Kentucky Schools stop in-person instruction, Paducah Public Schools Non-Traditional Instruction (NTI) Days will be extended through Friday, April 17, 2020. This closure is a proactive approach to limit exposure to COVID-19 within our community.
Here is the schedule for the coming weeks:
March 23 – March 27 NTI Days
March 30 – April 3 NTI Days
April 6 - April 10  NTI Days
April 13 – April 17 NTI Days

As a school district, we are prepared to provide continuity of services for both learning and nutrition. Teachers will be providing instructional services using Non-Traditional Instruction (NTI). Our food service staff will continue preparing meals for delivery according to the schedule that is already in place.

Please see the district web site at www.paducah.kyschools.us  for the latest announcements regarding this developing situation.
March 18
If you are a student or parent who needs help accessing Microsoft Teams at home, you can find instructions here. Look for "Microsoft Teams How To" at the bottom of the page. 
March 17
Paper packets will be delivered to students Wednesday, March 18 at the building where they attend schools. Online students will not receive paper packets. For a complete list of instructions and bus stops, see the link in the news summary below. 
March 14, 2020
Paducah Public Schools will offer takeout meal delivery beginning Monday, March 16.

Beginning Tuesday, March 17, until further notice – buses will be at all stops from 10:30 - 11:00 AM.

All sites will serve breakfast and lunch. See the news summary below for a link to a list of Tornado Takeout stops.
March 13, 2020
Information over the coming days/weeks will be sent to you via email and text message to the contact information in Infinite Campus, so having correct email and phone numbers for you is crucial.

If you are not receiving either text messages or e-mails from Paducah Public Schools, please access your Infinite Campus Parent Portal as soon as possible and update your contact information.  Click here to connect to the Campus Parent Portal.

If you don’t have a Parent Portal account, send an e-mail requesting your login information to: [email protected]

If you do not have email, please call 270-444-5600. 
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Head Start Preschool

Head Start Preschool

Building Strength for a Life of Learning

Building Strength for a Life of Learning Paducah Head Start Preschool provides a quality child development program, including individualized education, health and family services, in each of Paducah's four elementary schools for about 240 preschoolers.

The learning environment helps children develop socially, intellectually and physically in a manner appropriate to their age and stage of development.

The Paducah preschool has operated since 1965. In 2002, a review team from the regional office in Atlanta conducted a full review and found that it met or exceeded all federal standards. The program is accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children.

Three- and four-year-old children must meet income guidelines to qualify for preschool services. Children with disabilities may be served regardless of family-income levels. Income verification, immunization record and birth certificate must be presented at enrollment. Physical and dental examinations are required. Teachers make home visits before school begins.

Free health screenings are offered in the spring for all preschoolers. Children going to kindergarten in the fall must be screened.

To receive an enrollment application for Head Start, contact the center at your nearest elementary school.

"Roadie" Ribbon Cutting Takes Literacy On the Road

 "Roadie" Ribbon Cutting Takes Literacy On the Road

A cooperative effort between Head Start and the Paducah Area Technical Center has given an old bus a new purpose.

Head Start staff, carpentry and body shop classes from the Paducah Area Vocational School, and community supporters gathered at the Head Start Offices on December 2 to commission a new literacy bus nicknamed "Roadie".

Head Start Director Frances Smith said the vision fo the literacy bus began when she received word that a 1984 "short bus" would be removed from the fleet and retired. Smith asked if she could have the bus in order to create a reading bus.

Smith asked Donald Wann, the director of the PATC, if he could help in refurbishing the bus. Wann agreed to have auto body and carpentry students work on the bus. Over the past year, the bus interior of the bus has been gutted and shelves, tables, and seating have been installed, and the exterior has been re-painted.

Smith's vision is to have the bus stocked with books and travel to area neighborhoods and community events, offering children books and a place to read. She hopes to find community groups that will donate books so children can take them home after reading.

Volunteers are needed to drive the bus and read with children when Roadie goes out to neighborhoods. Smith hopes to take the bus out at least once a week. If you would like to help, you can volunteer by calling the Head Start office at

You can see pictures from ribbon cutting here.

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