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New Course Series Available on Inclusive Practices

As a support to help programs implement the OCDEL Inclusion and Suspension/Expulsion Announcements, OCDEL has created a new course series on collaboration and inclusion. You'll find it at the bottom of the Inclusion Topic of Interest page of EITA.

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Spring Into Action - part II

Last week in Part 1, the focus was on preparing your outdoor spaces and equipment for spring and summer activities. Now that those spaces are all spruced up, why not take full advantage of them by moving the indoors out?
Just about anything you can do indoors can be taken outside. Whole cities can be constructed when the blocks and construction area expands to a large section of blacktop. Story-time is more enjoyable and less cramped when there is room to spread out and read (or listen) to a story under a shady tree. Science experiments and art projects done outside have less mess and stress. Have your junior naturalists observe by bringing magnifying lenses, sketch pads and journals outside to record wildlife like the professionals do- in their natural habitat. And of course, most card and board games are perfect for playing outdoors. 
With a bit of planning, and a sturdy wagon, you can add a new dimension to the things you already do simply by taking them outside. 
Racial Inequities in School Discipline: An Infographic | ...

Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute - The FPG Child Development Institute is one of the nation`s oldest multidisciplinary institutes for the study of young children and their families. Research and education activities focus on child...

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HiMama - Early Education Nation

This is your place to find educator resources to help you complete your best work and improve learning outcomes for children aged zero to five. All free and available to discuss, borrow and reuse!

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Join us for a STARS Networking Meeting!     

Certification and Program Quality Assessor Panel
April 12th at 1 at   Lancaster Farm and Home Center
Other Community Meetings & Events
10th Anniversary Economic Summit - PA Early Learning...

Join us May 7, 2018 for our 10th Anniversary Economic Summit in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. In addition to celebrating the Commission's 10-year Anniversary, this year's event will focus on the science, economics, and policy of expanding access to...

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Professional Development Updates 
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Fatherhood Connection Webinar Series | ECLKC

This three-part webinar series focuses on effective and intentional father engagement. Learn how engaging fathers promotes children's learning and development and strengthens the parent-child relationship.

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36 Ways to Upcycle Your Easter Eggs

Once all the colorful plastic Easter eggs are found and opened, what do you do with them? If you're not keen on keeping them in storage till next year, there are plenty of things you can use them for.

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Thank you for all you do for children, families, and your community by being part of the STARS program!
Mid-State Regional Key/Child Care Consultants
(717) 854-2273 or (800) 864-4925