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

    May 2018
You're here for Delaware's children and families. 
We're here for YOU! 

Coming to PD this Summer.....
A whole new way of scheduling your training!
The summer of 2018 will be a game changer for your professional development.  Stay tuned for details of new workshops and new scheduling opportunities.  We're excited!
Workshops - The Focus is for You!
In the upcoming months, we are offering several professional development opportunities for administrators.  They are:

"Child Assessment for Administrators:  Polishing the Lens"


"Play for Administrators"

Don't miss out on this opportunity to learn from your perspective.

Click here to register.

Upcoming Deadline for Capacity Grant
The next deadline for programs applying for the Capacity Grant through Children & Families First is noon on Friday, July 13, 2018. 

The Capacity Grant provides resources to enhance the quality and expand the supply of early childhood education programming throughout Delaware.  Award amounts range from $2,000-$6,000 based upon program type and enrollment. 

Visit the Children & Families First website for FAQs with details about eligibility requirements and to apply.  Contact Andrea Prettyman, the Capacity Grant Program Manager, or call 302-233-6475 with questions.

Parent Education
"Education Expo"
Please share with your families that the "4th Annual Education Expo, Empowered Parents = Ready Children" Conference will be held on May 19th at Stubbs Elementary School.  

Child care will be provided so parents can participate in interactive workshops .  Additionally, parents will have the opportunity to have their young children screened using the Ages and Stages Questionnaire.

Details are available here.

Inaugural deaeyc Aspire Conference
Mark your calendar for the first daeyce Aspire Conference to be held on Saturday, June 2, 2018 at Middletown High School.  

Details are included here.
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Provider Spotlight: One Step Ahead
Smart Investment Yields People Profits
According to Dawn Sheehan, owner of One Step Ahead, a child care center in Newark, keeping her staff motivated and happy is the bottom line for continuous quality improvement.  

A Stars Level 4 program, Sheehan uses her center's tiered reimbursement to invest in her staff.

"My staff can earn monthly bonuses based on doing the basic job," says Sheehan.  "This includes showing up to work on time, curriculum planning, and providing accurate paper work."

Additionally, every quarter, teachers provide her with a wish list of items that enhance learning.  The lists always include books - so many books that the third floor is a library.  Children can borrow books to take home to share with their families.

And there are more payoffs!  The center has very low turnover with much of the staff having worked at One Step Ahead for at least two years.  

With a consistent staff in place, the program is growing.   The center is up to 80 children that fill eight classrooms, two of which are for the after-school program.  With this growth, they have tripled the number of children they serve receiving Purchase of Care from 20 to 60 students, serving the community through providing high-quality child care for all children.

And if all this wasn't enough to make you smile, take a look at Mr. Jurmaine's face, a prekindergarten teacher at One Step Ahead.  His smile says it all!
Stars News
Announcing " Planning Meaningful Learning Experiences for School-Age Children in Family Child Care"
We know summer months can be overwhelming for family child care providers.  It's challenging to provide activities for school-age children while meeting the needs of the younger ones. 

To this end, our family child care TAs are planning a meeting to support interested family child care providers around how to use a project-based approach to create engaging activities for school-age children. The activities will keep students busy learning in a fun and authentic way.  For those that participate in DE Stars, you will also learn about resources and strategies for meeting LC1 and LC3, or providing daily activities through a structured framework for school-aged children.

Mark your calendar for this half-a-day opportunity.  

Saturday, June 2nd
9 a.m. - 11 a.m.
Children's & Families First
91 Wolf Creek Blvd., Suite 1
Dover, Del.

June 2nd Sign Up Here.  (Please note the session is limited to 30 seats)

Saturday, June 9th
10 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Woodlawn Library
2020 W. 9th Street
Wilmington, Del.

June 9th Sign Up Here.  (Please note the session is limited to 30 seats)

Stars Alumna Receives Dissertation Award for Home-Based Childcare Research
Congratulations to Alison Hooper for receiving the 2018 Early Education and Child Development Outstanding Dissertation Award from the American Educational Research Association (AERA). 

Alison received her master's degree in 2013 and doctorate in 2017 from the University of Delaware. While at UD, Alison served as a graduate research assistant for Stars.

Her dissertation, "Identifying and exploring profiles of home-based child care providers based on their beliefs and practices," underscores the need for family child care centers to have access to support and professional development that is relevant to them.

The full article announcing her award is  here.

"Coach's Corner" - Literacy and Diversity

In the last issue of REACH, we announced Delaware Stars' blog - "Coach's Corner."  Meghan Pallante, a Stars TA, has already provided two fresh perspectives on managing literacy and diversity in a program.  

The blogs are available here.

Don't miss out on this growing community of child care professionals.  Join this Facebook group by clicking  here.

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