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

    June 2019
You're here for Delaware's children and families. 
We're here for YOU! 

Updated Professional Development Calendar Coming in June
Plan now to Accomplish Goals
I n mid-June the complete training calendar will be posted for the remainder of 2019 and the first half of 2020. 

Be sure to check out what's new such as:
  • Expanded Professional Development PLUS (Professional Development followed by small group coaching) for Math and Social Emotional content
  • More Science content, specifically for Kent and Sussex providers
  • New Professional Development for infant/toddler providers
  • New Family Engagement Trainings
We encourage you to review the calendar and develop a professional development plan.  A plan will help keep you accountable to your goals.

This month's Coach's Corner included here provides some useful tips on how to plan for your professional development.

New Forms Available for Quality Assured Curriculum Approval
To make our Quality Assured approval process more efficient, we've both streamlined and updated the curriculum approval forms available here.   

Please note there is no longer a fee to submit a curriculum application for review.

Early Childhood and Toxic Stress Leadership Seminar
New Price $10
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.  

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 
Please note that Professional Development is currently on a summer hours schedule.

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.

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.
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Provider Spotlight:  Little Scholars Child Care Center
"Trust and Believe" - Staff's Formula for Success
In each of the six classrooms at Little Scholars Center in Newark, Del., teachers are engaged and caring.  The language and interactions between the staff and children are warm, positive, and encouraging.  There clearly is a team mindset with everyone focused on the same mission - what's best for the children.

"Our staff is excellent," said Karen Rice, center administrator.  "We are all here for the kids.  And we trust and believe in one another."

Karen, who's been in the early care and education field for more than 30 years, believes that the root of quality care is building strong relationships with her staff and families.  Then, once you are connected, everyone is motivated to do more.

Technical Assistant Valerie Renshaw attests to the power of this approach.  "Karen has created a real team with her staff. When a leader works with her staff, day in and day out, they return the loyalty. As a result, the staff is strong in the classroom, have solid relationships with their families and most importantly, strong bonds with their children."

The Little Scholars staff also "trusts and believes" in continuous quality improvement. 

 "We look to Delaware Stars to help us strive to improve quality everyday," said Jackie Wertman, Little Scholars teacher.  "We don't hesitate to reach out to our TA to discuss changes and challenges.  We talk through any questions and issues to support each other."

Valerie couldn't agree more.  "All the staff celebrates their achievements together, and when they miss the mark (and we have), they work together to do better next time."
Infant/Toddler Specialty Technical Assistance Available
A Provider's Perspectives
Did you know that Delaware Stars provides Infant/Toddler Technical Assistance?  These specialty TAs can work directly with you to help you address the challenges that come with supporting the unique needs of infants and toddlers.

Watch this brief video to hear firsthand from Ministry of Caring Child Care Center about the supports available to you.

Benefits of Working with the Infant Toddler Specialty TA
Benefits of Working with the Infant Toddler Specialty TA
Please note that the Infant/Toddler TA can work with you in addition to your Generalist TA - they coordinate their efforts.  This flyer includes more details.

Want to learn more?

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 Jen Potts at 302-463-8128 or at jpotts@udel.edu

Children's Book Week - Thank You for Participating!
A Photo Summary
Children's Book Week turned out to be a great success with more than 120 programs participating and 43 volunteers.  Guest readers included representatives from state leadership to University of Delaware's faculty and staff.

Take a look at the slideshow.  See any familiar faces?

2019 DIEEC Children's Book Week Celebration
2019 DIEEC Children's Book Week Celebration

Reminder - 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.

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. 

Summer Activities
June and July Activities
With the "official" school year winding down, most likely your children's schedules will be changing too.  Take advantage of these free activities to accommodate the unpredictability of the summer months.  Please note more activities have been added to the June calendar.

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