What’s New

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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AshleyRegister Today for Spring PD!

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!

Summer PD Catalogue Now Available

The Center’s Summer 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.

We have a few new offerings this semester, so be sure to check them out. Topics include designing an effective marketing plan, creating quality learning environments for infants and toddlers, and planning program-level PD.

The Summer catalogue is open for a Preview Period through Sunday, June 25. Take advantage of this opportunity to visit our website, browse the offerings, and select one that aligns well with your professional needs and interests. Registration will open on Monday, June 26. Classes begin June 28 and run through August.

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AshleySummer PD Catalogue Now Available

Spring Registration Opens April 1st

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

The catalogue is open for preview through March 31st. Take advantage of this opportunity to visit our website, browse the offerings, and select one that aligns well with your professional needs and interests. Registration will open on April 1st.

Classes begin April 8th and run through June. If you have questions about PD registration, please call the Center at 401-736-9020.

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AshleySpring Registration Opens April 1st

Center Offers Two New Bilingual PD Series

The Center is excited to announce a new model of professional development to better serve Rhode Island’s diverse early childhood workforce. We are offering two new series this semester designed specifically for bilingual educators.

The sessions will be presented in English by a bilingual instructor who will provide Spanish language support. Materials will be available in both English and Spanish, and participants can choose to complete written assignments in the language of their choice.

These series are designed for teachers and teacher assistants, as well as for family child care educators. If you are a program director or administrator, please encourage your bilingual staff to register. For each series, participants can earn up to 15 PD hours by attending three face-to-face sessions and completing three application assignments.

The two series are:

  • Responsive Caregiving: Supporting the Needs of Infants and Toddlers
  • What You Say Matters: Strengthening Interactions Throughout the Day

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AshleyCenter Offers Two New Bilingual PD Series

New Child Assessment Modules Available

The Center has published a second set of online learning modules focused on child assessment in early childhood settings. Developed by the Rhode Island Department of Education (RIDE), the six-module series supports early childhood educators in understanding and implementing the formative assessment process. Topics covered in the modules include the assessment cycle, observation, documentation, analysis and reflection, evaluation, and implementation.

Participants can receive a total of 4 professional development (PD) hours for viewing all six modules and completing a survey and self-assessment activity.

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AshleyNew Child Assessment Modules Available