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

   January 2020
You're here for Delaware's children and families. 
We're here for YOU! 
New Year, New Content
Professional Development Website Updates
We are always working to help you better navigate our website. To this end, please take a look at the new and updated content we've added to the different landing pages.

"Meet our Staff - DIEEC Professional Development Instructors" - Now, you can learn more about our instructors by clicking on this sub-header under the tab "Professional Learning."

"Training Calendar" - Speaking of our instructors, the training calendar now includes an asterisk that indicates workshops taught by DIEEC staff.

"Curriculum Approval" - If you are trying to find out how to get your curriculum approved, look no further. We've created a separate tab for curriculum approval - it's right next to "Quality Assured" on the main menu.

"Scope and Sequence" - We've made it easier for you to develop your professional development plan by providing a "Scope and Sequence" process. This process outlines what professional development comes next based on the level and the age group you are teaching.
New Spanish Professional Development
Fomento Del Aprendiza Por Medio De Conversaciones Cotidanas Conferencia De Early Achievers

Estamos entusiasmados de ofrecer "Fomento del aprendizaje a través de conversaciones diarias (Fomento Del Aprendiza Por Medio De Conversaciones Contidanas Conferencia De Early Achievers)" a nuestros profesionales de cuidado infantil en español.

Los detalles son:
Lunes 3 de Febrero
6:30 pm.
501 S. College Ave.
Newark, Del.

Puedes registrarte aquí.
Plan Your Professional Development for the Year - Start Now
The new year is a perfect time to think about your professional development goals. We encourage you to look at our calendar and plan according to the competency area in which you would like to progress. Another way to plan is by scope and sequence. This landing page provides you with an overview of our trainings by the level of the training - introductory, intermediate, and advanced.

Finally, to help with your planning, we've provided the upcoming trainings by county.

Kent County

Professional Development Calendar - A Focus on Social and Emotional Wellness

We are offering many opportunities this winter to take our new workshop, "Promoting Social and Emotional Wellness Plus: Teaching Tools for Life to Maximize Children's Potential." Keep in mind that PLUS means following up coaching is included as a part of the workshop.

We know that classroom management is more difficult when children display challenging behavior. Often this behavior is because they lack a particular skill. During this training, you will learn about the six "protective factors" that promote resilience. The more resilient people are, the better we are able to overcome adversity in our lives.

Research shows that these "protective factors" are skills in this training developed through various teaching methods. When targeted teaching strategies are intentionally built into the classroom environment and daily activities, it helps prevent children from displaying challenging behavior by giving them tools they can refer to when approached with a difficult situation.

Each two-hour session focuses on two of the skills necessary for building social and emotional wellness. Participants will reflect on how the skill has been implemented in their own lives then explore ways to teach the skill to their students through daily interactions, environment, and planned activities. Each part of the training includes small projects where participants will create environmental supports or activities that target the six skills and specific effective teaching practices.

You also will have the opportunity to participate in two small group coaching sessions as a follow-up to the six hours of professional development. Educators will choose a goal related to social and emotional learning. With the support of the coach, you create an action plan with opportunity to share your progress during the four-hour sessions.

You will receive ten quality assured hours by taking this training.
Delaware Institute for Excellence in Early Childhood (DIEEC) Office Hours

Please d on't hesitate to reach out if you have any questions.   We are here to support you!

Monday - Friday  8-4:30 p.m.

Contact us at 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 us two business days to respond to your inquiry.

Keep up with our Quality Assured training sessions by following us on Facebook.

Ezion Fair Christian Community Academy
A Heart and Soul for Early Care and Education
Upon meeting Pastor Curry, the director of Ezion Fair Christian Academy, it becomes quickly apparent he is an educator driven to do better for young children. "The foundation sets the tone for children's love of learning," said Curry. "Our heart is to appropriately expose our children to 'better.'"

And better is reflected in every detail at Ezion Fair Christian Academy. First, Pastor Curry is passionate about early childhood education. "This is my heart," adds Pastor Curry. "I believe every child is unique and deserves individualized care balanced with helping him/her feel a part of something bigger."

Located in the Southbridge community in Wilmington, the academy serves infants to preschool ages, and runs a school-age program. The expansive property includes both a church and a state-of-the-art Wholeness Life Center, housing the program's seven classrooms.

The Wholeness Life Center is the fruition of the Pastor's vision to create a place that ministers to the "whole" person in a "whole" context - socially, emotionally and physically. The facility includes early child care classrooms, adult learning classrooms, a dance studio, and a gymnasium. Additionally, the center is equipped with the most up-to-date technology. The early child care classrooms each include a smartboard to expand and build upon the staff's teaching capabilities.

The staff makes the "better" the Pastor speaks about come to life. According to Sue Taylor, the Delaware Stars TA, the teachers are what makes this program so unique. "Each staff member has a genuine love for children."

"Our relationship with Delaware Stars allows us to invest in the teachers," said Pastor Curry. "Because of Delaware Stars, we have continuity in our staff."

There also is continuity in the children's learning experience because of the staff's use of HighScope curriculum. "The curriculum guides our teachers in developing a daily activities schedule to support the children's natural desire to be active learners," said Pastor Curry.

As you leave the Wholeness Life Center, there is a laminated sign of all of Pastor Curry's favorite quotes. One of them is "Quality outdoes Quantity."  No wonder this program aligns so well with Stars.

Stars Resources
Curriculum & Assessment (C&A)
Technical Assistants 
Stars has a team of C&A Technical Assistants who are available to support you in all aspects of curriculum and assessment. 

More details are included here.
Contact  Kristy Smith or call her at 302-650-7827
Mark Your Calendar!
Upcoming Curriculum Event - April 25th
Thank you to everyone who filled out the survey for the curriculum event! We got great feedback and interest, so we have scheduled an event for:

Saturday, April 25th
9:00 - 3:30 p.m.
501 S. College Ave.
Newark, DE

This six-hour quality-assured opportunity will connect approved curriculum, such as Creative Curriculum, HighScope, FunShine, Mother Goose Time and Redleaf Press, with your classroom practices that inform the learning experiences for children. 

The event will include sessions such as:
·       Getting to know your curriculum;
·       Designing lesson plans using your curriculum; and
·       Linking your curriculum with your assessment. 
Stay tuned for more detailed information regarding registration. 

If you are looking for support with these content areas before the event, please contact Kristy Smith to request specialized technical assistance from the Curriculum and Assessment Team.

The QRIS Revision Advisory Council met in early December to discuss the relationship between early childhood initiatives across the state and the Stars revision and to provide feedback on the revision work to date. The QRIS Revision Leadership Team and Delaware Academy for School Leadership (DASL) partners conducted initial work to identify key concepts that should be captured in each domain for the revised Stars. 

The group will reconvene in early January to continue discussions of how to ensure that the components of the revised Stars align with best practices and meet provider needs.

Please continue to direct questions to John Fisher-Klein.

Stars Training Dates Set
First Quarter ERS 2020 Trainings
Be sure to check out these upcoming Stars trainings.  These sessions will introduce participants to the Environment Rating Scale (ERS). 

Participants will learn how to use this assessment tool for quality improvement in their program.

New Castle County
St. Michael's
Tuesday, February 4th and Thursday, February 6th  
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm 
25-30 participants 
St. Michael's
Saturday, February 8th 
9:00 am - 1: 00 pm
25-30 participants

St. Michael's
Tuesday, March 10th and Thursday, March 12th
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm 
25-30 participants 
Sussex County
Adams State Service Center
Monday, February 24th and Wednesday, February 26th
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm 
25-30 participants
Applying the ITERS-R (Molly VanSickle)
Adams State Service Center
Tuesday, March 10th and Thursday, March 12th
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm 
25-30 participants
Capacity Grant Update
New Application Deadline
The next deadline for programs applying for the Capacity Grant through Children & Families First is n oon on Friday, January 17, 2020.   CFF will decide in early February for the January round.

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

Happy New Year and Happy New Decade!
January and February Calendars
Wow!  It's 2020!  A new year and new decade bring endless opportunities for you and your program.  Why not check out these free activities for your program during the long months of January and February.  

Please note more activities have been added to the January calendar.
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Delaware Institute for Excellence in Early Childhood
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