a monthly e-newsletter for Delaware's early childhood and school age programs

    May 2019
You're here for Delaware's children and families. 
We're here for YOU! 
"Making a Difference" Conference Follow Up
Next Professional Development Steps
It was great to see so many at this year's MAD Conference.  There was a lot of energy about many of the topic areas.  Let's keep it going!

Following are several of the sessions featured at MAD with suggestions for follow up professional development.  If MAD was your appetizer, these trainings are your next course.
  • If you enjoyed "PLAY as Learning," take our "Play for Development and Learning" workshop with coaching.
  • If you attended "Traumatic Stress in Young Children," then you don't want to miss our "Early Childhood and Toxic Stress Leadership Seminar".  This is a one- time event on June 21st.   You also should check out "Resilience: Mapping a Journey to Promote Social and Emotional Competence."
  • And finally, if you found "Classroom Management: A Proactive Plan to Prevent Challenging Behaviors," check out "Flip It:  Flipping the Challenging Behavior and "Positive Behavior Management."
If you don't see one of these workshops on the calendar, more learning sessions for the remainder of 2019 and the beginning of 2020 will be added in the upcoming weeks.

To register click here.

Early Childhood and Toxic Stress Leadership Seminar
Register Now!
Friday, June 21st
9:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
501 S. College Avenue
Newark, DE 
Don't miss out on this opportunity to learn about the impact of trauma and toxic stress on the brain of a developing child from the leading experts.  

This quality assured session will include featured speaker Teri Lawler who works in the Trauma-Informed Practices and Social and Emotional Learning group of the Office of Innovation and Improvement for the Department of Education. 

Following the keynote, there will be a panel discussion including questions and answers with other leaders in the field.  

The flyer is here for more details.

By attending, you will get 4 quality assured hours.  Please note the training is considered advanced.

Register by clicking here.
Ages and Stages Developmental Screening 
Support Available
Having a problem with  
administering the Ages and Stages Developmental Screening?

Contact Jamie Walko or call 302-593-6383 who can assist you in any way! 

This includes:
  • help setting up your online system;
  • reviewing screenings;
  • making referrals,
  • and any other problems you may encounter!
Keep in mind that the verification of the Delaware Stars essential standard for developmental screenings using ASQ requires both ASQ-3 and ASQ:SE2.  They are entered into the online system.

Summer Hours Coming!
Please note that beginning the week of May 27th, Professional Development will have new hours for the summer.

The schedule is:

Monday - Thursday  8-4:30 p.m.
Friday - 8 - 12:30 p.m.

Don't hesitate to call if you have any questions regarding Professional Development, whether they are related to credentials, navigating the new website or learning sessions - we're here for you.

Reach out by calling 302-831-3239 or by email   Institute-Early-Childhood@udel.edu.

Be sure to l eave as many details as possible so we can be responsive to your needs.   Please allow two business days to respond to your inquiry.
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Provider Spotlight:  Fabiana's Place
Miss Erika Vidal - The Anatomy of an Early Child Care Educator
"Identify the Body Part," is one of the many engaging activities Miss Erika of Fabiana's Place, a family child care program in Bear, uses to engage her students.   Children place a piece of purple tape wherever they want and Miss Erika uses a prompt to give them the words: "Your tape is on your nose.  Ella's tape is on her mouth. Can you put your tape on your eye?"  It's an effective way of building language skills while teaching body parts. 

Her teaching strategies are a reflection of her 15 years in the field and her continual desire to become a more skilled early care and education professional.

Like a lot of family child care providers, Miss Erika started her business to provide quality care for her daughter, Fabiana, the source of the program's name.   

"I did a lot of things by instinct because I lacked knowledge of child development," said Miss Erika.  "After working with Delaware Stars and networking with other family child care professionals, I now know how to effectively teach children and recognize their needs."

Now, her program is a Star Level 5, but she's not stopping there.  "Erika is always wanting to stay engaged," said Kristy Smith, Stars Technical Assistant.  "She does everything for the right reasons.  She is intentional and consistent."

If we engaged Miss Erika in the same activity with body parts, it would go something like this:

Her eyes - She is intentional about observing her children to identify special needs.  Throughout the week, resources visit her program to provide support for children who have Individual Family Service Plans (IFSP).

Her Hands - They are constantly moving as she manages six children from ages infant to four-years old.

Her mind - It's always engaged while she works with her children and continues with professional development and training in her off hours.

And finally, her heart - Her love for the children is what drives her.  She's passionate about the early care and education field and one of its biggest advocates.
Curriculum & Assessment (C&A) Support
Technical Assistant's Profile - Meet Irene Ashe
Irene has served as a  Curriculum and Assessment (C&A) Technical Assistant (TA) with Delaware Stars for last five years.  As a member of the C&A team, she supports programs by focusing on curriculum-and assessment-related quality improvements.  Irene is invested in creating a learning environment so children have the best possible outcomes.

Irene brings more than 23 years of experience in the early care and education field, both working as a teacher and a director.  She recalls her moment of clarity about the importance of developmentally-appropriate curriculum.  In a previous role, Irene worked for a program that was housed in a museum.  The curriculum was derived from the museum's exhibits so the children had hands-on experiences with the materials. The students were so engaged, she became an advocate on the value of curriculum used effectively.

Fast forward several years later, now Irene helps teachers and administrators really understand curriculum and assessment.  

"Offering great learning experiences with appropriate materials and interactions is the key to success in any program," according to Irene.  

She sees assessment as equally important. "Through careful observation and assessment of children we are able to build or refine their skills. By intentionally planning for each individual child, we set them up for success in the classroom and beyond." 
Stars Resources
Curriculum & Assessment (C&A)
Technical Assistants 
Stars has a team of C&A Technical Assistants that are available to support you in all aspects of curriculum and assessment. 
Contact Jen Potts at 302-463-8128 or at jpotts@udel.edu

Provider Appreciation Day - May 10th
We Appreciate You!
We know you work tirelessly to care for young children.  If we could, we would thank you everyday.  But we're glad there is an official day - Provider Appreciation Day - to recognize all you do.  This year we will celebrate you on May 10th.

Watch our social media platforms for special giveaways and other surprises planned for the day.
Capacity Grant - Deadline Information
The next deadline for programs applying for the Capacity Grant through Children & Families First (CFF) is noon on Friday, June 14, 2019.  Decisions for the June round will be made in early July.  

The final round for the Capacity grant for this contract year is noon on Friday, August 2, 2019.  Award amounts during the August round will depend on available funds remaining to distribute.

The new Capacity contract begins in October 2019 and application rounds will be announced in the fall. 

Providers can find the application, along with detailed eligibility requirements and the grant guidelines at:    www.cffde.org. Questions can be directed to Andrea Prettyman  or by calling 302-233-6475. 

Star Level 5 Programs Meeting Wrap Up
Great Turnout, Great Exchanges
Thank you to all those providers who participated in the recent Star Level 5 Programs meeting at Delaware Technical Community College.  

More than 85 providers participated in an afternoon of networking and sharing about ways to continually provide better care for Delaware's youngest children.  The meeting also included an update from Stars Director Dr. Kristy Sheffler followed by a question and answer session.

The Summer Countdown
May & June Calendars
Now is the time to get outside!  Check out the calendars of activities and events for the next couple of months and plan your outings.  Please note more activities have been added to the May calendar.

Delaware Institute for Excellence in Early Childhood
Delaware Stars for Early Success
Professional Development Department
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