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

   September 2019
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Focus on New Training
Every Day Math PLUS
Math is an important part of learning that happens every day in early child care and education programs. Having a strong foundation of math skills is essential both in academics and in life. 

Math as a concept supports the ability to understand numbers, problem solve, understand and use shapes and measures, and develop spatial awareness.

We know that early childhood professionals who learn to intentionally support math skills are helping children build this foundation. We also recognize that math is not always a comfortable subject or skill to teach. 

To this end, DIEEC has designed a new workshop "Every Day Math PLUS" to explore, analyze and reflect on the best ways to help children learn math in natural play situations.  The PLUS means that coaching also is available after the workshop for additional support with classroom implementation.

This workshop has two components that strategically work together in order to support teachers in increasing the math opportunities in their programs. 

Participants spend six hours in two classroom sessions exploring effective practices related to teaching math to young children. At the end of the classroom session, each participant sets his/her goal related to teaching math.

The workshop also includes four quality assured hours of follow up coaching. DIEEC instructors along with peers from the workshop support participants in implementing an effective math teaching practice in their classrooms.
To register for this workshop, click here.

"Play In Early Childhood: The Role of Play in Any Setting"
New Video Available
The "Center on the Developing Child" at Harvard University recently released this video on the three core principals to facilitate play so children and families can thrive.

Be sure to check it out.

Professional Development Planning
With the training calendar recently updated, now is the time to develop a professional development plan.  A plan will help keep you accountable to your goals.
To facilitate planning, we have provided training by county for the next couple of months. 

Regular Office Hours Resume
Effective the week of September 2nd, Professional Development is back to its regular business hours.  

The schedule is:

Monday - Friday  8-4:30 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: Rhonda's Little Angels Daycare & Preschool
"Chicka Chicka Boom Boom" - Where Learning and Fun Meet at "the top of the coconut tree." 
When you enter Rhonda's Little Angels Daycare & Preschool in Seaford, you immediately notice the smiles on her students' faces. Whether they are working on a puzzle or looking at a book, there is a spirit of happiness that permeates this family child care program.
"Every child loves to play and we make it fun while they are learning," said Rhondalin Cannon-Tingle, program owner. "For example, if we are playing with Lego blocks at center time, I ask a child that is learning colors to build me a red boat or a green house. They are learning, following directions and not even realizing they are identifying colors too!"

Mrs. Rhonda is very intentional about the use of play in accomplishing goals for each of her students in all areas - cognitively, socially, and physically. In fact, she utilizes the curriculum FunShine to develop lesson plans and assessments that are individualized for each student.

The 22-year veteran in early childhood education straddles the balance of teaching and nurturing perfectly. Parents often describe "Little Angels" as "a loving family child care program with a preschool touch."

"My mission is to provide the highest quality of child care and education for my children and to be a strong support system for my students and their families," said Mrs. Rhonda.

To accomplish this mission, Mrs. Rhonda actively reaches out to her Stars Technical Assistant for support even though she is a Star Level 5. "Rhonda is committed to her personal growth and the quality improvements of her program," said Hayley Waters, Stars TA.

"The quality of Rhonda's program is reflected through lots of positive provider/child interactions and daily fun ways of learning through play - both indoor and outdoor," added Hayley. "Her program is unique in a musical aspect as well. Throughout the day, you can always catch the children and Mrs. Rhonda starting a song utilizing all their musical instruments."

Mrs. Rhonda is so committed to teaching that the centerpiece of her home is the "coconut tree" from the beloved children's book "Chicka Chicka Boom Boom."  At this program, there is always "enough room" for love and learning.
To learn more about play and its role in learning click here to register for "Play for Development and Learning Plus," a quality assured training.

Curriculum Professional Development Day - Coming Spring 2020
We need your feedback!
We are excited to share that we are working on a full-day, quality assured professional development event to support curriculua this upcoming spring.  The objective of the training is to support you with your understanding of curriculum.

As we begin to plan, we want to be sure the content reflects what your needs are related to this broad topic.  Therefore, to help us better design the day, please take a few minutes to complete this survey.

Stay tuned for more details!

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 jpotts@udel.edu

QRIS Revision Updates
New Timeline Available 
An updated timeline for the QRIS Revision process is now available.  This timeline and many more details pertaining to the revision can be found on the QRIS Revision webpage located on the Delaware Stars website.

QRIS Information Meetings
Thank you to everyone who attended the recent round of structural recommendation meetings - we appreciate your feedback and perspective! The QRIS revision team will continue revising the new structure based on this feedback. If you were not able to make it, the  presentation slides and proposed structural model are available on the QRIS Revision web page. 

As part of the next step, the QRIS revision advisory committee will be forming sub-committees to begin to revise the Delaware Stars standards, and provider membership is needed. If interested, please email John Fisher-Klein

Capacity Grant: Application Deadline Announced
Funding for Delaware Stars Programs Available
The Capacity Grant, managed by Children & Families First, provides resources to enhance the quality of early learning programs and to expand child care in Delaware in targeted funding categories. 

The next two deadlines to submit an application  for the Capacity Grant are:
  • October 11, 2019
  • January 17, 2020
Please note applications must be received no later than noon on the deadline date to be considered for that award round.

Eligibility requirements and grant guidelines can be found on the Children & Families First website.

Additional application/award rounds will be announced for 2020 soon. 

Direct questions to Andrea Prettyman  by email or by calling her on 302-233-6475.

Back to School - Are you ready?
September's and October's Calendars
We blinked and summer is over.  Labor Day marks the time when everybody switches gears and is in full-throttle mode getting kids back to school and on schedules.  

We've provided calendars for the next couple of months that include free activities throughout the state.  Check out what's available in your area to help support you and your program during this busy transition.

Please note more activities have been added to the September calendar.

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