What’s New

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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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

Fall PD Registration Now Open!

Earn up to 20 professional development (PD) hours by participating in one of our multi-session series. Offerings are available for program administrators, classroom teachers, and family child care providers. Topics include creating strong management systems, understanding and responding to challenging behaviors, and exploring social studies through project-based learning. We’re also offering a new five-session series for center administrators on becoming a pedagogical leader.

Additionally, the Center is excited to be offering our first series for bilingual (Spanish/English) providers. The series will explore planning and implementing curriculum in a multi-age setting. The sessions will be facilitated by a bilingual instructor, and materials will be available in both languages. Participants can choose to complete written assignments in the language of their choice.

Classes run from mid-September through December. All Center PD is aligned with the Rhode Island Early Learning and Development Standards (RIELDS) as well as the state’s Workforce Knowledge and Competency Frameworks.

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Preview Our Summer Semester PD Offerings

Our Summer 2016 Professional Development catalog is open for a special “Preview Period.” More than a dozen high-quality PD series are available. Topics include social and emotional development, child assessment, responsive caregiving for infants and toddlers, and using your Quality Improvement Plan to strengthen your family child care program.

Browse our offerings and take time to plan your PD so it aligns with the goals in your Individual Professional Development Plan. Offerings are available for center administrators, preschool teachers, infant-toddler teachers, and family child care providers.

Registration opens on Thursday, June 16. Classes will run from late June through August.

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McCormick Center for Early Learning Leadership Is Coming To Rhode Island!

The Center for Early Learning Professionals is teaming up with the nationally-known McCormick Center on two professional development series this spring. Don’t miss out on this exciting opportunity!

The first series–on May 21 and June 11–will help family child care administrators create better management and business practices using the Business Administration Scale for Family Child Care (BAS) tool. The series will emphasize strong fiscal management practices that can improve providers’ bottom line.

The second series–on June 21 and 22–is for child care center administrators and directors and will explore how program leaders can use the Program Administration Scale (PAS) tool to assess their organizational practices and improve their leadership skills.

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AshleyMcCormick Center for Early Learning Leadership Is Coming To Rhode Island!

New Online Modules Focus on Child Assessment

The RI Department of Education has designed an online professional development resource to support early childhood educators’ knowledge and skills in child assessment. The three modules in Series 1: Assessment in Early Childhood Settings present the state’s vision for quality child assessment practices in all early learning settings.

Early learning educators can view the modules on the Center website at your own pace. You can earn 1 PD hour for viewing all three modules and 1 additional PD hour for completing a self-assessment activity at the end of the third module.

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AshleyNew Online Modules Focus on Child Assessment

Spring PD Registration Now Open!

Earn 12 to 24 professional development (PD) hours by participating in one of our multi-session series. Offerings are available for administrators, classroom teachers, and family child care providers. New topics include strengthening business practices, observation and documentation in early childhood assessment, and extending children’s learning through the creative arts.

Classes begin April 5 and run through June.

All of our offerings for classroom teachers include separate sessions exclusively for their supervisors:

  • Understand what your staff members are learning in class
  • Support their implementation of new practices
  • Earn PD hours for participating

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AshleySpring PD Registration Now Open!

Center Celebrates Two Years!

On Monday, February 1, more than 40 people gathered at the Center’s main office in Warwick to celebrate our two years of providing in-depth, research-based professional development, technical assistance, and Quality Improvement Grants to make a real difference in the professional practices of early childhood administrators and educators throughout Rhode Island.

Speakers included Elizabeth Burke-Bryant, executive director of RI KIDS COUNT, and Yvette Mendes, deputy director of the state Department of Human Services. Center Director Karen Pucciarelli and Co-Director Leslie Gell facilitated a panel of early childhood administrators who spoke about the impact the Center has made on their public school, center-based, and family child care programs.

Since opening in January 2014, the Center and our staff have supported early learning professionals in the following ways:

  • We have provided high-quality professional development (PD) to nearly 1,500 child care educators from over 640 programs or family child care homes.
  • Our technical assistance (TA) specialists have provided services to administrators at more than 375 programs.
  • We have awarded state-funded Quality Improvement (QI) Grants to nearly 400 programs and family child care homes.
  • We have approved nearly 300 professional development programs offered by community PD providers.
  • Our InfoLine has received nearly 170 requests for information related to specific early childhood issues and concerns.
AshleyCenter Celebrates Two Years!