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Visions for Early Learning's (VEL) monthly newsletter is an opportunity for members to receive information about events and opportunities, share information with other members and to highlight the great and innovate work happening throughout the region.

A few clicks and you can be registering for classes, finding flyers for local events and becoming more involved in ways that work for you: in your communities and at a regional and state level.

This month's highlight: Lewis County Early Learning Coalition launches
Operation learn on the go!

A Lewis County project from inception to application, Lewis County Early Learning Coalition's Operation learn on the go! banner project has launched with the hanging of their first banner in the Emergency Room waiting room at Morton General Hospital. Hospital Staff recognize the value of providing cues to help families to stay engaged in potentially stressful situations, and are excited to engage with families right where they are, by expanding their participation in the banner project to clinics in Randle and Riffe. More banners are in production for placement throughout the county, everywhere from car dealerships to grocery stores. 


Go Team Banner and Lewis County Early Learning Coalition!  

They may be small but they are mighty!

For more information, contact the Lewis County Early Learning Coalition  

Pacific County Engages with Families in a big Super Saturday way
North Pacific County's Early Learning Coalition, Know and Grow, has hit the ground running  utilizing funds from their VEL Family Engagement mini-grant by making Super Saturday at the Pacific County Fairgrounds on April 25, 2015 even more meaningful for families with younger children. Multiple touch points with families will continue through STEM Saturday's (see flyer here) at the South Bend Timberland Library and through STEM activity kits that will be created for use by local daycares and preschool classes, providing a valuable resource for those classes and daycares that are part of Early Achievers.

Professional Development
Got Starting Strong?
VEL's Advancing Racial Equity series begins again in August with a break out session at the P-3 Starting Strong Conference at the Tacoma Convention Center continued with two FREE full-day Advancing Racial Equity workshops at ESD 113 in Tumwater!
VEL's Regional Home Visiting Cohort
continues it's series of professional development and community of practice building July 10, 2015 with a
Motivational Interviewing Summit
led by Charles Smith, MSW. 
Registration is open!
Study Reflective Supervision and more at Washington State of Head Start and ECEAP WSTC Summer Institute
June 22 (8:30am) - June 24 (3:00pm)
Central Washington University
Pierce County is has a few openings in their Free Personal
Safety Training
for Home Visiting Practitioners on June 18th
from 2:30 - 4:30 p.m.
Please RSVP to James Hiers at  jamesh@first5fundamentals.org  or call  253 - 987 - 6743 .
See Poverty, Be the Difference
Explore Dr. Donna's Beegle's work on poverty through a dynamic DVD and guidebook, now available for partner agencies to check out for training purposes.
Data Informed Planning: New reports provide insight into needs
Regional WaKIDS Data

Data collected on incoming kindergarteners continues to show opportunity gap: click here to interact with a regional data spreadsheet created by ESD 113's Dr. Todd Johnson 

Washington State is collecting data on students in all state-funded, full-day kindergarten classrooms. Before October 31, kindergarten teachers complete an assessment of each child's developing skills in six areas: social-emotional, physical, cognitive, language, literacy and mathematics. They use an observational tool called Teaching Strategies GOLD?.  

Raise your Voice for Early Learning

Take 5 minutes for kids under 5 to raise your voice for early learning and urge legislators to prioritize early learning in special session. Click here for ideas for ELAA's Early Learning Day of Action!Tuesday, June 2nd.


Elections are coming
VEL Board and Executive Committee Representatives make a difference. Consider becoming a driving force within and behind VEL's work within our region, increasing engagement with families, addressing equity issues of race and poverty, increasing access to services, and providing supports to early learning professionals who directly impact our region's youngest learners and families. Talk to your local coalition chair or VEL Executive Committee Representative for more information on upcoming annual elections.

Partner agencies are invited to submit PDF's of local events and employment opportunities that may be of interest to coalition members to Project Coordinator Jane Partridge at jpartridge@esd113.org for consideration for future publication in the monthly VEL newsletter.