Alaska Department of Education & Early Development
Early Learning

The Department of Education and Early Development is Recruiting!

DEED is recruiting for an Education Specialist II for the Early Learning Program! Interested candidates may view the recruitment, and apply  here through May 3, 2018 at 5:00 pm.

Southeast AEYC Director  Receives National  Award

The Department of Education & Early Development would like to congratulate Ms. Joy Lyon, director of the Southeast Alaska Association for the Education of Young Children (SEAEYC). 

Ms. Lyon, who has over 20 years of experience in the early childhood field is this year's recipient of the Sandra J. Skolnik  Public  Policy Leadership Award! R ead thread's press release for more information. 
Upcoming Virtual Workshop Series
through the
Early Childhood Learning and Knowledge Center

Specialists from the National Center on Early Childhood Development, Teaching, and Learning (NCECDTL) along with the Head Start Information and Communications Center (HSICC) will facilitate a virtual workshop on School Readiness on May 7, 2018.

Topics include r esource sharing that address school readiness goals, a ligning readiness goals with the Head Start Early Learning Outcomes Framework (ELOF) and u sing the ELOF Implementation Guide.

For additional information or to register to participate, please visit the webinar registration page.
Water Safety Series Returns to the Palmer / Wasilla Area

A free water safety series for 3 to 6 year old children is returning to the Palmer/Wasilla area. "Josh the Baby Otter" will be visiting  on the following dates:
  • May 3, 2018 - Alaska Club
  • May 5, 2018 - Alaska Club
  • May 10, 2018 - Alaska Club
  • May 12, 2018 - Palmer Pool
Kids will receive a free copy of Josh the Baby Otter's water safety book, and participate in a fun sing, and dance along with Josh! Please click on this link to register for the class.

Find out more about the Josh the Baby Otter program here, as well as view his book on YouTube.
Participate in thread's Online Survey and be Entered for a Chance to Win a Gift Card!

is conducting an online survey on the topic of early childhood expulsion, and suspension in Alaska. The survey will also include questions about teacher experience, stress, and access to teacher supports.

Answers will be collected from administrators, and directors, as well as teachers:
Survey's will close at 5:00 pm on May 4, 2018. The drawing for gift cards will take place the second week of May. Good luck!
 Innovative Approaches to Literacy 
Grant Funds Available

The Federal Register posted notice on April 18, 2018, that federal grant funds are available through the Office of Elementary and Secondary Education under the Innovative Approaches to Literacy (IAL) program. The purpose of IAL is to support high-quality literacy programs from birth through 12th grade.

Please visit the Federal Register for more information, application instructions, and federal program contact information. 
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