Announcing… The Family Child Care Community of Practice!

The Center for Early Learning Professionals is launching a monthly, virtual Family Child Care Community of Practice (FCC CoP) for all licensed FCCs. FCC CoP sessions will be offered in English and Spanish.

WHO:    All Rhode Island Licensed Family Child Care Educators

  • who share common concerns or “dilemmas” related to their practice
  • who share a passion for the care and education of young children
  • who want to learn more about early childhood education methods and resources
  • who want to share their knowledge and learn from and with each other.

The FCC CoP is a  monthly opportunity for family childcare educators to meet, problem-solve and reflect on their teaching and business practices in a structured, facilitated setting. All are invited to identify and discuss common challenges related to DHS licensing and QRIS domains. The CoP will be facilitated to support collaborative problem-solving and to illuminate the social connections and professional camaraderie among Family Child Care Providers.

WHEN:  Once a month from 6:00pm – 8:00pm.
February 25th, March 11th, April 29th, May 27th, June 10th, July 1st, August 12th, and September 30th.

WHERE: Virtually!  Come as you are… invite a colleague or two!

The Center’s Technical Assistance (TA) team provides support with an evolving focus and content that is based on the needs and interests of Family Child Care Providers: Example topics include:

  • Supporting effective business practices during COVID-19
  • Creating / enhancing learning environments
  • Using the RI Workforce, Knowledge and Competencies (WKC) to create or revise Individual Professional Development Plans (IPDPs)
  • Identifying resources to support continuous quality improvement
  • And more!

To register for the English sessions, contact Jessica Calle: 401.734.1281 – jcalle@edc.org.
To register for Spanish sessions, contact Tania Quezada: 401.734.1286 – tquezada@edc.org.

Dani MiskellyAnnouncing… The Family Child Care Community of Practice!

Anunciando… ¡La Comunidad de Práctica del Cuidado Infantil Familiar!

El Center for Early Learning Professionals está lanzando una Comunidad de Práctica de Cuidado Infantil Familiar virtual mensual (FCC CoP) para todos los educadores de cuidado infantil familiar con licencia. Las sesiones de FCC CoP se ofrecerán en Inglés y Español.

Todos los proveedores de cuidado infantil familiar con licencia de Rhode Island quienes:

  • comparten desafíos o “dilemas” comunes relacionados con su práctica;
  • comparten la pasión por el cuidado y la educación de los niños pequeños;
  • desean aprender más sobre los métodos y recursos de educación de la primera infancia; y
  • desean compartir sus conocimientos y aprender unos de otros.

La FCC CoP es una oportunidad mensual para que los educadores de cuidado infantil familiar se reúnan, resuelvan problemas y reflexionen sobre sus prácticas docentes y comerciales en un entorno estructurado y facilitado. Todos están invitados a identificar y discutir los desafíos comunes relacionados con la licencia de DHS y los dominios de QRIS. La FCC CoP se facilitará para apoyar resolución en forma colaborativa de problemas y promover las conexiones sociales y la camaradería profesional entre los proveedores de cuidado infantil familiar.

CUANDO: Mensualmente, de 6:00pm a 8:00pm.
2 de febrero, 3 de marzo, 7 de abril, 5 de mayo, 2 de junio, 7 de julio, 4 de agosto, y 1 de septiembre.

DONDE: ¡Virtualmente o en línea! Ven como estes … ¡Invita a un colega o dos!

El equipo de Asistencia Técnica (TA) del Centro brinda apoyo con un enfoque y contenido que cambia de acuerdo a las necesidades e intereses de los educadores de cuidado infantil familiar. Ejemplos de los temas incluyen:

  • Apoyando prácticas comerciales efectivas durante el COVID-19
  • Creando / mejorando entornos de aprendizaje de alta calidad
  • Usando los Conocimientos y las Competencias de la Fuerza Laboral de RI (WKC) para crear o revisar planes de Desarrollo Profesional Individual (IPDP)
  • Identificando recursos para apoyar la mejora continua de la calidad
  • ¡Y más!

Para registrarse para sesiones en Inglés, comuníquese con Jessica Calle: 401.734.1281ó jcalle@edc.org.
Para registrarse para sesiones en Español, comuníquese con Tania Quezada: 401.734.128 ó tquezada@edc.org.

Dani MiskellyAnunciando… ¡La Comunidad de Práctica del Cuidado Infantil Familiar!

Winter Professional Development is Here!

The Center has released a new line-up of online PD opportunities for all early learning professionals — administrators, teachers, teacher assistants, and family child care providers. Click on the links below to see our complete list of Winter PD. Classes begin on January 9th!

PD Opportunities to Support Social-Emotional Development for All ECE Professionals

Conscious Discipline 101/ Disciplina Consciente 101
Come learn about Conscious Discipline, a brain-based, trauma-informed approach to social-emotional learning. This introductory session will provide participants with an overview of the central tenets of the Conscious Discipline curriculum and strategies for beginning classroom implementation. This training will be offered in English with live simultaneous translation in Spanish.

Our Amazing Brain
This 4-part series takes an in-depth look at the Brain State Model of Conscious Discipline. Session topics will include exploration of the three key brain states, survival, emotional, and executive, and how to recognize these states in yourself and the children you serve in your program. Participants must have taken Conscious Discipline 101 as a prerequisite to enroll in this series.

Implicit Bias: An Overview
In this introductory series, we will examine exactly what is Implicit Bias and look at why it matters in our lives and in our schools. Participants will learn about the neuroscience behind implicit bias and reflect on how it shows up in our everyday lives.

Understanding the Impact of Trauma on Young Children
This series provides a comprehensive overview of the impact of traumatic experiences on young children and introduces effective strategies for working with these children in a child care setting. The sessions will highlight the importance of building trusting relationships and recognizing cues and triggers while supporting children with a history of trauma.

New Offering for Administrators

Creating a Family Handbook
This new PD offering will walk through the components of a family handbook and review forms and documentation families must complete for enrollment of their child.

Click Here to Register!

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Just Added: New Session of Conscious Discipline 101

The Center for Early Learning Professionals is offering a new session of an introduction to Conscious Discipline for teachers, teacher assistants and family child care educators. Conscious Discipline is a brain-based trauma-informed approach to social-emotional learning. This introductory session will provide participants with an overview of the central tenants of the Conscious Discipline curriculum and strategies for beginning classroom implementation.

It takes place online on November 17th from 5:30pm-7:30pm.

Register Now!

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Webinar: Strategies and Support to Help Your Community Improve the Transition to Kindergarten

All Rhode Island educators are invited to join us for this virtual learning event!

Find out how you and your partners can improve school readiness and outcomes for children in your community. Over the past two years, RIDE and EDC’s Center for Early Learning Professionals have supported 6 communities in developing and implementing Transition to Kindergarten plans. Join one of four webinars to learn about an upcoming opportunity to participate in the next phase of this work. Participating communities will engage in a series of summits and will receive onsite coaching throughout 2021.

The webinars will share a framework for organizing transition activities and many examples. All are welcome, but we encourage participants to come in teams that include administrators and teachers from elementary schools, Head Start programs, and community-based preschools.

Participants will:

  • Learn why the transition to kindergarten is so important to children’s school readiness
  • Explore the transition strategies that support child success
  • Examine a toolkit of transition resources
  • Find out about a new professional learning opportunity that can help improve transition to kindergarten

Click below to register for one of the webinars:

Lead Presenter Information
David Jacobson, PhD, works with states, districts, and communities to improve early education and care for children and their families. As the leader of EDC’s First 10 initiative, he specializes in supporting school and community partnerships focused on improving outcomes for children ages birth through 10 and their families. Jacobson brings deep experience in early childhood education, school improvement, the transition to kindergarten, and strategic planning to his work. In Rhode Island he has led a team supporting the implementation of a new kindergarten curriculum in 8 communities, and he has supported 6 communities in developing Transition to Kindergarten plans. Jacobson is the author of a 2019 report, All Children Learn and Thrive: Building First 10 Schools and Communities, which presents findings on coordinated efforts to improve teaching, learning, and care during the first decade of children’s lives. Recently, he published an Education Week Commentary about First 10.

Sponsor: Rhode Island Department of Education
Organizer: Center for Early Learning Professionals, Education Development Center (EDC)

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New DHS Required Guidance on Re-opening Child Care!

The Governor announced that child care can re-open in Rhode Island beginning on June 1st. View the new required guidance from DHS on Re-opening Child Care in Rhode Island and the related Health and Safety Guidance from the Center for Early Learning Professionals. Learn about the steps centers and family child care providers will need to take to re-open safely. Click here to go directly to the Re-Opening Child Care PD web-page.

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