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Rhode Island Celebrates 10 Years of State Pre-K!

On Friday, June 7, teachers and leaders from State Pre-K Programs across the state came together at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Warwick to celebrate 10 years of State Pre-K in Rhode Island! Each program put together an amazing poster display, where participants could see a sampling of the incredible growth that students have made in just 180 days!

Department of Human Services Director Courtney Hawkins and Department of Education Deputy Commissioner Mary Anne Snider attended the Pre-K Wrap-Up event and spoke about the continued importance of the State Pre-K Program. We also heard from a group of programs and public school districts that have been working together to improve the transition from Pre-K to kindergarten for children and families.

Thank you to all who participated! We’re already looking forward to working with next year’s State Pre-K teachers and programs!

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AshleyRhode Island Celebrates 10 Years of State Pre-K!

Apply for an Early Childhood Education Grant!

Would you like to earn college credits in early childhood education for free?

Applications are being accepted for the Rhode Island Early Childhood Education and Training Program Grant, which pays for early childhood educators working with children ages birth through 5 to earn 12 college credits in Early Childhood Education at the Community College of Rhode Island (CCRI).

To qualify for the grant, applicants must be employed for a minimum of 20 hours in a DCYF-licensed child care center or family child care setting that is enrolled in BrightStars and approved as a DHS-Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP) provider.

The grants are administered by CCRI and funded by the Rhode Island Department of Human Services. Applications are being accepted for the Fall 2019 Cohort, and the deadline to apply is June 30.

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Spring Registration Is Open!

Our Spring 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 professional development opportunities for all early learning professionals — administrators, teachers, teacher assistants, and family child care providers. Classes begin on April 18th.

Before you register, please check the dates 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 carefully!

Highlights of this semester include:

  • Spotlight on Science: Using Library and Local Community Resources in Early Childhood Settings — A new series for family child care providers!
  • Supporting Teachers’ Professional Development — A new series for education coordinators!
  • Three offerings on the Classroom Assessment Scoring System® (CLASS) — We have series for administrators, classroom teachers, and family child care providers.
  • Developing a Standard of Care for Your Outdoor Space — Learn about the important role that child care facilities play in overall program quality.

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AshleySpring Registration Is Open!

Online PD Series Explores Curriculum Modifications

The Center is pleased to offer a new online professional development (PD) series for preschool teachers and teacher assistants.

Using materials developed by the Head Start National Center on Quality Teaching and Learning, the series includes five modules that explore the topic of curriculum modifications.

The modules describe effective strategies teachers can use to modify and improve their learning environment and interactions to meet the needs of all children in their classroom, including children with disabilities. Each module contains a 20–30 minute video presentation with embedded activities and takes about one hour to complete.

Professionals can earn 5 PD hours by viewing all five modules in the series, completing the activities, and submitting the online survey. Questions? Contact the Center at 401-736-9020.

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AshleyOnline PD Series Explores Curriculum Modifications

New Online Modules Focus on Nutrition and Physical Activity

The Center has created two new online professional development (PD) modules focused on nutrition and physical activity for children ages birth to 5.

The modules are ideal for orienting new staff or examining ways to boost current practices in both center-based and family child care settings.

Each module includes video instruction interspersed with activities designed to expand and enhance the content.

You can earn 1 PD hour by viewing each module, completing the activities, and submitting an online survey. Questions? Contact the Center at 401-736-9020.

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AshleyNew Online Modules Focus on Nutrition and Physical Activity

Center Staff Enjoy Day of Service!

On Thursday, June 7, Center staff volunteered at the Blessings in a Backpack program in North Kingstown, as part of a day of service sponsored by our parent organization, Education Development Center.

Blessings in a Backpack is a national program designed to provide hunger-free weekends for children facing food insecurity. In Rhode Island, the town of North Kingstown supports the program through the public school department’s Office of Family Learning. Eligible students are given backpacks each Friday to take home. Each pack contains at least two breakfast, two snack, and one lunch food item. The food items are “kid-friendly,” which means they can be easily opened and do not require cooking other than the use of a microwave.

Our team met at Davisville Academy, where the Blessings in a Backpack staff gave us numerous jobs. We inventoried existing supplies, shopped for food items at a local Walmart, restocked shelves, and filled the backpacks for delivery to schools. Our team members that went shopping also purchased and donated a wagon that the program can use to transport filled backpacks from the assembly space to the various schools where the backpacks are distributed. Additionally, a small group of our volunteers visited the town’s food pantry and helped inventory and stock food items there.

AshleyCenter Staff Enjoy Day of Service!

Summer PD Opportunities Available!

Our Summer 2018 Professional Development (PD) catalogue is now online. Browse our offerings, and register for a series that aligns with your PD goals.

Be sure to make an appropriate selection based on your role (administrator or educator), setting (family child care or center), and the age group you work with (infant/toddler or preschool). Also, before you register, please check the dates to make sure you can commit to attending all of the sessions.

Highlights of this semester include:

  • Discoveries and Explorations: Quality Learning Environments for Infants and Toddlers
  • Creating Outdoor Learning Environments for Young Children
  • ECERS and ITERS
  • Strengthening Business Practices

While our PD series are open to all child care professionals in Rhode Island, priority for enrollment will be given to staff from programs that have a BrightStars rating and are approved Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP) providers.

Each individual may register for no more than two series each semester, so choose carefully! Classes begin on July 9.

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AshleySummer PD Opportunities Available!

Register Today for Spring PD!

Registration is now open for the Spring Semester! Our PD topics include understanding the impact of trauma on young children, family engagement, child assessment, early writing development, responsive caregiving for infants and toddlers, and much more!

While our PD series are open to all child care professionals in Rhode Island, priority for enrollment will be given to staff from programs that have a BrightStars rating and are approved CCAP providers.

Before you register, please check the dates 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 carefully! Classes begin on April 4.

 

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Winter PD Registration Now Open!

The Center’s Winter 2018 PD registration is now open! We are pleased to offer a wide variety of series for administrators, education coordinators, teachers, assistant teachers, and family child care providers. While our PD series are open to all child care professionals in Rhode Island, priority for enrollment will be given to staff from programs that have a BrightStars rating and are approved CCAP providers.

This semester, our PD topics include executive function in young children, infant and toddler development, child assessment, inclusive practices, challenging behaviors, and much more! We also are offering two English-Spanish bilingual offerings on social and emotional development in preschoolers and facilitating language and learning for toddlers.

Before you register, please check the dates 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 carefully! Classes begin in mid-January and run through March.

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AshleyWinter PD Registration Now Open!

Fall PD Registration Opens September 22!

The Center’s Fall PD catalogue is now available! We are pleased to offer a wide variety of series for administrators, education coordinators, teachers, assistant teachers, and family child care providers.

The catalogue is open for preview through Thursday, September 21st. Take advantage of this opportunity to browse the offerings, and select one that aligns well with your professional needs and interests. Be sure to make your selection based on your role (administrator or educator), your setting (family child care or center), and the age group you work with (infant/toddler or preschool).

Registration will open on Friday, September 22nd.

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AshleyFall PD Registration Opens September 22!