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Professional Development Opportunities Now Available

The Center for Early Learning Professionals is pleased to announce its professional development (PD) opportunities for spring 2014.

All of the PD offered by the Center aligns with the Rhode Island Early Learning and Development Standards as well as the state’s new Workforce Knowledge and Competency Frameworks.

The spring 2014 offerings are designed for center directors, education coordinators, education supervisors, preschool teachers, infant-toddler teachers, and family child care providers.

Topics include:

  • Using Environment Rating Scales to improve program quality
  • Developing a responsive curriculum for infants and toddlers
  • Effective interaction strategies for preschool teachers
  • Care and development of young children in home care settings

Center PD opportunities are free and open to early learning professionals in Rhode Island. Priority will be given to staff from programs that have a BrightStars rating or are in the process of applying for one.

To learn more about the offerings and to register, visit the Center for Early Learning Professionals’ website at center-elp.org and click on the Professional Development tab. Or call us at 401-736-9020.

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Center for Early Learning Professionals Opens for Business

The Rhode Island Department of Education (RIDE) and the Department of Human Services (DHS) are pleased to announce the opening of the Center for Early Learning Professionals. The Center is part of Exceed–Rhode Island’s Early Childhood Commitment, the initiative implementing the Race to the Top–Early Learning Challenge Grant.

The Center’s services are designed to help early childhood providers, teachers, and administrators improve the care and education of the state’s youngest children, from birth through age 5.

The Center’s services will help you and your staff learn about the latest research in early childhood learning and development. You also will learn about best practices and how to apply them to improve what you do in your program and with children. Specifically, the Center provides three core services: (1) professional development, (2) technical assistance, and (3) quality improvement grants.

The Center is particularly dedicated to helping programs and providers that serve children with the greatest educational needs, including children with disabilities, children growing up in poverty, and children whose first language is not English. We will provide many of our training sessions, support, and materials in both English and Spanish. Our services are free to the state’s early learning programs and providers.

For more information, visit the Center’s website at center-elp.org.

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