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

    July 2018
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Professional Development
New Summer Offering
Summer Camp - A Schedule That Works for You!
We hope your summer is off to a great start with lots of fun activities planned.  Why not incorporate one of our workshops into your schedule?

Because summer presents its own challenges with finding time, our schedule now includes a "summer camp' option - morning and afternoon training that you can chose "a la carte."  

Check out this fun video that gives an overview of PD's Summer Camp.

Introducing "Play for Development and Learning"
Calling All Administrators!
Be one of the first to preview this pilot where you'll learn techniques to link learning through play-based activities.  

Plus the workshops running in the Fall will include quality-assured small group coaching sessions.  We'll help you incorporate what you learned in the classroom, helping teachers refine their play practices.

Want to learn more?  Here's a video that provides an overview about the importance of play.

Free Summer Activities
There are free activities happening this summer for both you and the children in your program.

The state libraries are again offering the "Summer Library Challenge 2018"  - a great way to introduce the library to your students in a fun way.  This flyer includes more details.

While your visiting the library, join in on the "Delaware Library Card Campaign."  This is the state's effort to get more Delawareans to have library cards and to generate awareness of the benefits of being a "card holder."  The state initiative is aimed at bettering the current statistic of half of the state's residents having cards. Check out more details here.

Finally, Delaware Project Launch, is hosting a "Financial Health" session on July 17th.  The flyer is included here.
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Provider Spotlight: Beginnings and Beyond
Making a Dream a Reality Through Offering Quality Child Care

When Danielle Harrison, owner of "Beginnings and Beyond" was seventeen she had a dream of having her own daycare center.  In fact, her husband drew a sketch of her vision that continues to hang on her office wall.  

After a career in human resources, her dream was realized when she opened the first location of "Beginnings and Beyond" in Dover, Del.

"I have always loved children," says Danielle. "And when I had my own, I knew even more what kind of child care program I wanted to create for families."

Her goals included establishing really strong connections with both her staff and the families she serves.  She utilizes technology including an application that keeps families' informed as well as a lot of face-to-face communications.

"I like to be in the classroom to both connect with teachers and the children," says Danielle.

As a result, there is very low teacher turnover.  And "Beginnings and Beyond" is thriving with two locations in Dover serving children from infant through preschool age.  Additionally, both sites offer before and after care for school-age children.

Danielle credits Delaware Stars for providing her with fresh ideas and the resources to keep pursuing her dream.  

"Stars has helped us replenish our supplies and to continually invest so we can offer quality care," adds Danielle.

Share Stars Experience Now
Your Voice Counts!
As you know, the current Quality Rating Improvement System (QRIS) is being redesigned to better serve the child care community.  The QRIS Revision Team is being intentional about including all key stakeholders experiences with Delaware Stars to guide the next iteration of QRIS.

Nine "Listening Sessions" were held in June with various stakeholder groups.  We hope you had an opportunity to attend.

Additionally, this past week, surveys were mailed electronically to providers and stakeholders in the child care community.  We encourage you to complete the survey.   This is your opportunity to influence the future framework of QRIS!
Educational Resources Available
T.E.A.C.H. Supports Early Child Care Professionals in Continuing Education
If you've considered going back to school to pursue a degree in early childhood education but have concerns about affording it or where to begin, T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood can help.

The T.E.A.C.H. scholarship is available for anyone working in a licensed child care facility in the state who makes less than $17/hr ($20 for admin) and is looking to earn an early childhood degree.
T.E.A.C.H pays 85% of your tuition, reimburses 90% of book costs, provides a $75 travel stipend each semester and upon successful completion of each annual contract, T.E.A.C.H.provide a $350 bonus.

T.E.A.C.H. also has funds to assist with the assessment fee for the CDA.

Registration for Fall classes has already begun at all Delaware colleges and universities. Funds are currently available, so apply now. Applications can be found on the T.E.A.C.H. website.

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