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Reflective Practice: Introduction to Implicit Bias in the EC Classroom
Learn about Implicit Bias in this introductory session. This 2-hour virtual training will explore what it is and 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.

What is Infant Mental Health?
This 2-part series is an introduction to the field of Infant Mental Health. Session content will define Infant Mental Health, explore its influence on social and emotional development, and highlight effective provider practice.

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EDC Receives RI DHS Award to Continue the Center for Early Learning Professionals

EDC has been awarded a contract from the State of Rhode Island’s Department of Human Services (DHS) to operate the Center for Early Learning Professionals (Center) through 2024. For over seven years, EDC has led the Center, providing professional development and technical assistance (PDTA) in English and Spanish to over 8,500 early childhood education (ECE) professionals in Rhode Island who work with children from birth to age five.

The Center’s team provides highly responsive, high-quality services to RI child care centers, family child care homes, public school inclusion preschools, and state-funded pre-K programs. Services include free training series and support to help programs meet state regulations and reach benchmarks within the state’s quality rating improvement system (QRIS) standards.

In addition to designing and delivering training, the Center administers the state’s PD approval process. Each year, the Center’s experts review approximately 200 courses and workshops offered by other Rhode Island trainers and organizations to ensure all PD for Rhode Island ECE professionals meets the state’s high-quality standards.

Since 2014, the Center has accomplished the following:

  • Provided over 500 courses and events
  • Reviewed and approved over 1,000 PD applications
  • Provided over 7,000 TA sessions

“We are thrilled to continue the Center’s critically important work, especially during these challenging times” says Brenda Potter, Center director. “Our programs support and elevate the vital work of our state’s ECE workforce and ultimately improve outcomes for children and families.”

As part of the new award, Potter and her team will build on and expand the Center’s work, including developing new PD training and resources to support ECE professionals in learning about career pathway options.

“It is exciting to continue our collaboration with the state of Rhode Island, the child care community, and our community partners!” says Sharon Terreault, PDTA manager. “We look forward to further evolving the Center’s work to meet the field’s rapidly changing needs.”

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Access PD Anytime with these Recorded Offerings!

Earn up to 2 PD hours with these pre-recorded webinars. Each session includes an assignment to complete and an hour-long narrated webinar to view.

Help Me Explore! Using Quality Materials for Play and Learning with Infants and Toddlers
Learn how to use movement, the natural world, and open-ended materials to optimize young children’s learning and development.

Executive Function Skills in Early Childhood: The Basics
This 1-hour webinar will explore recent research about the foundational skills that children need to become confident and competent learners, known as executive function skills.

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Register for Winter PD

Happy New Year!

There is still time to register for our Winter professional development offerings. Classes begin on Monday, January 13.

Highlights of this semester include:

  • Multiple Offerings on the ECERS-3 and ITERS-3 Tools — We have separate series for program administrators and for classroom teachers! Learn what is new in the latest versions of the ERS tools and how to improve quality in your program and classroom.
  • Autism Thinking: Perspective of the Child — This new series—offered in partnership with The Autism Project—will help teachers better understand autism thinking, developmental disabilities, and sensory processing disorders, and learn strategies to support children’s learning and development.
  • PD for Infant-Toddler Administrators and Teachers — We have a series for administrators on responsive caregiving for infants and toddlers and a series for teachers on infant and toddler development.

Our website includes a new searchable database for finding PD that meets your individual or program needs. Before you register for a PD series, please check the dates carefully to make sure you can commit to attending all of the sessions.

If you need help finding or registering for a PD offering, call the Center at 401-736-9020

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Center Launches New Website Design

The Center is pleased to unveil our redesigned website to help early learning professionals in Rhode Island find the training and resources they need.

The new website allows visitors to search for high-quality professional development (PD) opportunities by their professional role, by the PD type (online or in-person), by language, by topics, and by keywords. The site also includes new information about required Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP) trainings and national and state-based organizations that support high-quality care and education for Rhode Island’s youngest children.

Watch the video tutorial for a brief overview of the new site. Send your feedback to info@center-elp.org or call us at 401-736-9020.

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Center Names New Director

We are pleased to announce that Brenda Potter has been named the Center’s Director, following the retirement of longtime leader Sue Washburn.

Brenda has served as a technical assistance specialist since the Center opened in 2014. For the past two years, she has led our technical assistance and quality improvement work with programs. She has extensive experience in higher education, center-based and home-visiting programs serving high-risk populations, public school inclusive early childhood classrooms, family engagement programming, and systems development.

Before joining the Center, Brenda was the Title I Program Officer of Early Childhood, Family Education, and Engagement and a Program Manager with the North Kingstown School Department Office of Family Learning for over 16 years. She is a Certified Family Life Educator, served as a professional development trainer and technical assistance consultant with the Rhode Island Department of Education for over 10 years, and was an instructor at the University of Rhode Island for 14 years.

Brenda holds an M.S. in Child Growth and Development and Early Childhood Education from Wheelock College.

In taking on this new role, Brenda is most excited about the Center’s distinction as the workforce development hub for the early care and education workforce in Rhode Island. She looks forward to working with the Center’s talented team of early childhood specialists as they continue to provide high-quality professional development and technical assistance to support our state’s early childhood administrators, teachers, and family child care providers. You can contact Brenda at 401-734-1282 or bpotter@edc.org.

We would like to thank Sue for her dedicated leadership over the past several years, and for her commitment throughout her career to improving early care and education for Rhode Island’s youngest and most vulnerable children. We wish her the best in her well-deserved retirement!

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Fall PD Registration Is Open

Our Fall 2019 professional development (PD) calendar is now online. Browse our offerings, and register for a series that aligns with your PD goals.

Our offerings include a wide range of high-quality PD opportunities for all early learning professionals, including administrators, teachers, teacher assistants, and family child care providers. We also offer PD specifically for infant and toddler teachers and for preschool and Pre-K teachers. Classes begin on October 5.

Before you register for a PD series, please check the dates carefully to make sure you can commit to attending all of the sessions. Each individual may register for no more than two series each semester, so choose wisely!

Highlights of this semester include:

    • New Offerings on the ECERS-3 and ITERS-3 Tools — We have separate series for program administrators and for classroom teachers!
    • Enhance Daily Routines and Transitions Using Math, Language, and Library Resources — This three-hour training is offered in English and in Spanish.
    • Supporting Teachers’ Professional Development — This series for education coordinators helps them strengthen teacher practice and improve classroom and program quality.
    • Understanding and Responding to Challenging Behaviors — This popular series is for preschool educators, Pre-K teachers, and family care care educators.

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