Upcoming call for F2S to ECE Providers

Are you interested in connecting with farms or farmers? Join the Farm to ECE Community of Practice call on April 27th from 3-4pm to hear Chris Iberle, WSDA Farm to School Lead, share how early learning programs can connect with farms in their area that are interested in working with child care to supply local foods, or be a part of education. Chris will also talk about new tools being developed to connect programs with farmers and ask for your feedback. Click here to register. The Farm to ECE Community of Practice is a network of farmers, providers, programs and others interested in learning about farm to ECE in Washington State. To learn more, visit https://wafarmtoschoolnetwork.org/communities-of-practice/farm-to-childcare-ece/

The Science & Power of Hope – Registration Open

We are pleased to announce an exciting training opportunity on The Science & Power of Hope!  Learn how you can build hope for yourself and others!

DATE: May 25, 2021
TIME: 12:00PM—4:00 PM
LOCATION: Virtual Event

HOPE SCIENCE–  Hope is real, hope is measurable, and hope is malleable. Youth who demonstrate higher levels of hope do better in school, report less substance use, and experience less anxiety and depression.  Learn how motivation and pathways are keys to achieving goals and experiencing a better life.

Space is limited and will fill up fast.  Click on the following link to register:https://forms.gle/a6SKufBU8fg1cnpc9

Continuing Education Units and Clock Hours are available (pending approval). For questions, please contact Ashley Geleynse at the Whatcom County Health Department at AGeleyns@co.whatcom.wa.us or 360-778-6066. 

Another training opportunity this Spring… Facilitate the Awesome! Be an amazing Resource to Teens.

Click here for more information on this upcoming training from our local WSU Extension.  

New Paint to Learning Training & More!

Anti-Bias Series: The Role of the Leader
April 13, 2021 
6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Kat Kayser & Jaime Thompson

Join Jaime and Kat to explore anti-bias reflection and practices to improve leadership in your program.
Mindful Touch and Gesture with Infants and Toddlers
April 15, 2021
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Jordyn Laughlin and Esther Iles
Through the use of our hands, we not only feed, dress, and play with infants and toddlers, but also communicate care, security, and safety. Non-verbal communication like touch and gesture is powerful in supporting a child’s participation, independence, and cooperation. During current times with mask-wearing, this communication is especially vital for teachers to convey to children that they are accepted for who they are and have a voice and place in the world around them.
Enhancing Quality of Early Learning Year 1, Part 1: Responsive Caregiving & Culturally Responsive Practices
April 22 & 29, 2021
6:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Elyssa Yunker

This training includes the first five hours for Enhancing Quality of Early Learning Year 1 (EQEL). It covers Responsive Caregiving & Culturally Responsive Practices over two sessions.

Enhancing Quality of Early Learning Year 1, Part 2: Brain Architecture
May 13 & May 20, 2021
6:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Julie Wasilewski

This training covers the second five hours for Enhancing Quality of Early Learning Year 1 (EQEL) to be held over two sessions. To register for Part 2, participants should have already completed EQEL Part 1. After Part 1 and Part 2, all 10 hours for EQEL in Year 1 will be complete.
Introduction to Best Practices – Routines and Transitions
May 18, 2021
6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Sue Duncan

In this session, participants will identify and apply knowledge of best practices around routines and transitions. Transitioning from one activity to another can be challenging for children and adults, while routine activities can seem drab or boring. Engaging children in meaningful interactions can enhance children learning, decrease challenging behaviors, and improve the productivity of early learning settings. Come and explore how you can engage in powerful interactions during routines and transitions.  
Explorando la Naturaleza (Spanish Only)
19 de mayo, 2021
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Maria Salazar

Aprenda como usar el currículo de Growing Up WILD y ayude a los pequeños a hacer conexiones con el mundo natural, a hacer preguntas y encontrar soluciones usando prácticas apropiadas de acuerdo a la edad de los niños. El currículo incluye literatura, matemática, ciencia, arte, desarrollo físico y social emocional.
Paint to Learn!
June 3, 2021
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Elyssa Yunker and Sue Duncan

Join us as we walk through how to host your own Paint To Learn event. Paint to Learn integrates art and STEM learning concepts in fun and creative activities. Be prepared to experience this training through the eyes of a child—hands-on participation required and materials will be provided! Learn more information about the Paint to Learn program here: https://www.kbtckids.org/paint-to-learn 

Online Training Support

All of our trainings will continue to take place as live, online sessions via Zoom video conferencing. If you would like assistance registering for classes or have questions about Zoom, please contact Program Assistant Sue Duncan at sue_duncan@oppco.org or (360) 603-6179 from 8 am – 3 pm Monday – Friday.Thank you!

Opportunities in Early Learning – Open Registration

Transitional Kindergarten Information Session

For those of you who are interested in more information about Transitional Kindergarten, you can participate in a quick informational session next Thursday from 3:30-4:30 pm

Have you ever wondered:
* What is Transitional Kindergarten?
* How is it funded?
* Why is Transitional Kindergarten a “thing”?
* Where would we find space?
* How do they staff Transitional Kindergarten?

Join us for this informational session where we will explore the purpose for transitional Kindergarten. You will have the opportunity to ask questions and hear how others have implemented it.


DCYF’s Dual Language Learners Series

We are offering another round of Supporting Young Dual Language Learners Workshops via Zoom

Dates: Thursdays – 4/15, 4/22, 4/29 ~ 5:15 to 7:15 Thursday – 5/13 & Tuesday 5/25 Thursday – June 3rd
Audience: Childcare and Preschool Providers
Register: https://www.pdenroller.org/catalog/event/112930
For questions, contact: Anita Garcia agarcia@nwesd.org 360.299.4044

To learn more >> https://www.nwesd.org/news/supporting-dual-language-learners-zoom/

Moving to Resilience Conference – Registration Open!

CRI was founded with the goal of creating a community that speaks a common language around ACEs, brain development, and resilience. A common language will help us understand the negative impact of trauma or adversity and buffer against it by strengthening our resilience toolbox. That same goal of common language continues to hold our attention as we strive to learn how our bodies respond to stressors, and to consciously incorporate and practice the language and acts of resilience in our daily lives.

CRI’s 6th Annual Trauma-Informed: Moving to Resilience conference will look different this year! CRI recognizes the extreme “zoom fatigue” the pandemic has created. We too are “zoomed out” and just want to be back to “normal” where we can build on relationships and connections together, sharing the same space! The option of skipping a year crossed our minds, but our collective work is too important to let a pandemic and fatigue deter us.

So, in an effort to circumvent yet another numbing virtual meeting, we have decided to be brave and fearless and offer two half-days of “Speed Conferencing” 2021! Based on the concept of Speed Dating, we will endeavor to bring you state-of-the-art information, but in the condensed, powerful format of twenty-minute sessions that are easy to digest and remember. We will feature 5 adverse categories—childhood, community, culture, circuitry and catastrophic—and 5 resilience themes to parallel the 5 adverse categories.

While attention to the original ACE Study generated a substantial social movement, it is time to expand our focus on the neuroscience framework underlying the study. By expanding the context of how trauma may occur, we will be able to better address the foundational biological processes that initiate adverse outcomes in the multiple domains in which we live our lives. At the heart of all adversities is the neurological threat response. It is the important link to understanding the trauma caused by events and circumstances. Comprehending the threat response allows us to recognize the variations in the human experience that can lead to trauma.

Join us as we share the science of trauma in multiple domains along with compelling resilience strategies that buffer the effects of those traumas across the life span. Because adversity overlaps and accumulates, we also hope to identify further strategies toward resilience and social-cultural change via Q&A and discussion.

*CEU credits pending approval. Scholarships for reduced tuition available. Please contact robin@criresilient.org for more information.

Registration open for CRI Trauma-Informed Resilience Based trainings! 

Course 3: Trauma-Practitioners – March 23, 25, 30 and April 1

Workshop: Blueprint For Framing Your Community Initiative – April 6 and 8

All dates are 3 hours long, 9:00am – 12:00pm PDT 
*Course 1 is a pre-requisite for Course 3 and Workshop
CEU’s available for Course 3 and Workshop

CRI Resilience Products are a perfect companion for training, professional, and personal use!

Celebrating 50 Years of Week of the Young Child™!

NAEYC invites you to celebrate and shine a spotlight on your classroom, advocacy, and family engagement activities via our social channels. We look forward to seeing all the creative ways you find to engage young children and their families with hands-on, collaborative activities encouraging movement and healthy lifestyles through music, food, and art.

Start planning your week around our daily classroom celebration themes. Or create your own!

And discover resources and Step It Up (SIU) ideas to use in your planning. The important thing is that we’re celebrating the potential of ALL young children to learn, grow and thrive!

Share your ideas with us on NAEYC’s Facebook WOYC event pages or other social media sites using #WOYC21 or email us at woyc@naeyc.org.

Sign up for WOYC™ email updates! We’ll send you a few reminders leading up to the event and daily recaps the week of highlighting some of our favorite activities we saw on social media.

Saturday Kick-Off, April 10

Stay tuned for information on NAEYC’s kick-off event as well as tips and resources for planning your own.

Music Monday, April 11

Through music, children develop math, language, and literacy skills—All while having fun and being active!

Tasty Tuesday, April 12

Cooking together connects math with literacy skills, science, and more while encouraging healthy nutrition and fitness habits at home and in the classroom.

Work Together Wednesday, April 13

When children build together they explore math and science concepts and develop their social and early literacy skills.

Artsy Thursday, April 14

Children develop creativity, social skills and fine motor skills with open-ended art projects where they can make choices, use their imaginations, and create with their hands.

Family Friday, April 15

Engaging and celebrating families is at the heart of supporting our youngest learners. NAEYC applauds family members’ role as young children’s first and most important teachers.

By participating in this event and posting video and/or photos, you are representing that you have written permission from each person in the video and/or photos, and if a child, written permission from the child’s parent or legal guardian, to post the video and/or photos and use the likeness of such person therein. By posting the video and/or photos, you grant NAEYC the right to use the video and/or photo and/or any portion thereof in any manner it so chooses, including, without limitation, posting or sharing the video on NAEYC’s website, Facebook page or Twitter account.

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Registration open! Anti-bias series, Intro to Best Practices, and more!

Online Training Support

All of our training will continue to take place as live, online sessions via Zoom video conferencing. If you would like assistance registering for classes or have questions about Zoom, please contact Program Assistant Sue Duncan at sue_duncan@oppco.org or (360) 603-6179 from 8 am – 3 pm Monday – Friday
Online Family Engagement: Rethinking Family Fun Nights 
March 6, 2021 
10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Trainer: Sue Duncan

Strategize family engagement with online tools to support either virtual or live events. Brainstorm an event and walk through how Trello, YouTube, and Google Sites can support you in the planning and execution of it. Let this workshop introduce you to three types of technology to support your re-imagining of what family engagement can look like. Leave with a general flow chart of your event from start to finish, ready for you to build upon and utilize, as well as resources for further training.
Anti-Bias Series with Jaime Thompson & Kat Kayser

Join Jaime and Kat to learn about internal bias and how to create inclusive learning environments for all children and families in your care. Register for one or all of the trainings in the Anti-Bias Series for early childhood educators.

Anti-Bias Series: Reading Your Way to a Culturally Responsive Classroom 
March 9, 2021 
6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. 
Kat Kayser & Jaime Thompson

Anti-Bias Series: The Role of the Leader (New Date)
April 13, 2021 
6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Kat Kayser & Jaime Thompson
Introduction to Best Practices: Interactions 
March 29, 2021 
6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m
Trainer: Julie Wasilewski

Research demonstrates that warm and responsive relationships with adults are critical to social-emotional learning in young children. This training is one of six modules in the Best Practices Series that supports Early Achievers by emphasizing high-quality adult practices measured by the Environment Rating Scale 3 (ERS-3).

Foundational Numeracy in Pre K – 2 Mathematics

Foundational Numeracy in Pre K – 2 Mathematics

NWESD’s Regional Math Coordinator – Tina Mott
Friday, March 12 – Friday, April 23 | 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
This course will offer the opportunity to learn more deeply about how early numeracy is developed in young learners. We will also engage in activities and routines that can help develop strong early numeracy in your classroom. We will focus on developing early mathematical understanding and make connections to science and engineering practices. 

Professional Hours: 6 STEM Clock Hours

Register Now: Early Learning Summit Series- In Collaboration with ESD 113

The 2020-21 school year has brought significant changes to education.  Statewide preschool and kindergarten enrollment are both down 30% from last year.   Instruction in PreK- 3rd grade is no longer developmentally appropriate.  

The Early Learning Summit brings the opportunity to:

  • collaborate
  • share ideas
  • identify needs
  • plan strategically for the coming school year

This is your opportunity to share your story, hear from others and inform the guidance from the state.

The Early Learning Summit will comprise four gatherings.  Each gathering will be two hours.  Team participation is encouraged.

Suggested participants include:

  • District Administrators
  • Teachers- Pk- 3rd grade
  • State Leaders
  • Head Start/ ECEAP providers
  • Early Learning Directors

Come, share your voice, and help us prepare to serve our students better.