Learn About Kindergarten Readiness, Organizing Your IEP Binder, and Haverhill Promise

The Moody Preschool director, Kristi-Lynn Craig, will discuss kindergarten readiness at the Haverhill Special Education Parent Advisory Council (SEPAC) meeting on Tuesday, March 10, 2020, at 6 PM at the Moody Preschool. 


Bradford Elementary School parent and Haverhill SEPAC vice-chair Colleen Pelczar will present on organizing your IEP binder. 


Jenny Arndt, who is the campaign director for Haverhill Promise, will speak aboutour city's campaign to achieve grade-level reading by the end of third grade.


About the Presentations and Presenters


As parents we want our children to be prepared to engage with the world around them. One step in that preparation is kindergarten. To support your child in their kindergarten readiness skills and the transition to kindergarten, parents can take several necessary steps. Ms. Craig will explore kindergarten readiness and a child’s transition to kindergarten. 

Ms. Craig, the current ECC Director at the Moody Preschool on Margin Street in Haverhill, has spent the last 15 years working in special education settings where she viewed her primary role as advocating on behalf of student success, family engagement, and teacher support. Ms. Craig’s experience includes teaching in a full inclusion setting for second and third graders, teaching in a kindergarten to third grade substantially separate classroom setting, and working as a special education administrator.  Ms. Pelczar is a mother of three boys (an eight-year-old and six-year-old twins). One of her twins is on the Autism Spectrum. He was diagnosed just before his second birthday. Both of her twins were in early intervention and now attend Bradford Elementary School.  With early intervention, and now with IEPs, the paperwork quickly became overwhelming. Through organizational binders, Ms. Pelczar found it easier to manage the mounting paperwork. She hopes to help fellow parents get organized with her presentation. 

After graduating from UMass Amherst with a degree in Fine Art, Ms. Arndt worked as the director of communication for a local summer camp, then spent five years as the arts and culture coordinator for the arts non-profit Creative Haverhill. In July 2019, Ms. Arndt accepted the newly established position of campaign director for Haverhill Promise, which is a cross-sector collaboration between parents, educators, health professionals, community organizations, city leaders, business owners, and community members working together to ensure that all Haverhill students are reading proficiently by the end of grade three. Ms. Arndt will give a short presentation about Haverhill Promise and then ask for the audience’s input about how Haverhill Promise can help support their child’s reading. The Moody Preschool is located at 59 Margin Street, Haverhill, MA 01832.  Vea el folleto de la versión en español.