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1 Current Wisconsin Initiatives
Early Childhood Training & Technical Assistance Provider Meeting September 15 – 16, 2010

2 Kath McGurk – Wisconsin Department of
Youngstar Kath McGurk – Wisconsin Department of Children and Families

3 Key Points to Know About This Initiative
YoungStar will… Improve the overall quality of child care in WI Support child care providers Help parents make child care choices Align WI Shares payments with quality Prevent fraud By: Building on training, technical assistance and educational supports and quality improvement efforts already in place.

4 Key People Involved in this Work & How They are Involved
Wisconsin Department of Children and Families June 23, unanimous approval within the Wisconsin Joint Committee on Finance Selection of YoungStar Regional Entities – serving Milwaukee, Racine/Kenosha, Southern, Western, Northern and Northeast Regions

5 How this Initiative Impacts Others
Selected YoungStar Regional Entities will be responsible for: YoungStar application process for child care programs Training and Technical Assistance opportunities – on-site and off-site Valid and Reliable Rating Observation Administration of child care micro-grants to participating programs Outreach to parents, communities and other stakeholders Collaboration and coordination with other regional training and technical assistance resources Coordination with DCF and other key partners

6 How to Learn About this Initiative
YoungStar Information is available at: Including: YoungStar points detail document FAQ Immediate training and technical assistance opportunities YoungStar outreach materials, PowerPoint, and Motion 38

7 Wisconsin Model Early Learning Standards
Arlene Wright – Process Coach

8 Key Points to Know About This Initiative
Cross department development 2008 Edition – Birth to 1st Grade Aligns with IDEA EC Outcomes Aligns with WI Common Core Standards 5 Domains & related sub-domains Performance standards Developmental continuum Sample behaviors of children Sample strategies for adults

9 Key People Involved in this Work & How They are Involved
Arlene Wright, Process Coach Ruth Chvojicek, Linda Hurst, Ann Ramminger, Content Coaches Kath McGurk, DCF Jill Haglund, DPI WECCP Early Learning Committee Approved Trainers Regional Communities of Practice Technical College Instructors

10 How this Initiative ImpactsOthers Impacts Others
Foundation to guide state early childhood and care initiatives. Common Language for families, professionals, and policy makers around early childhood education and care. Tool for community collaborative programs, councils and initiatives.

11 How to Learn About this Initiative
Visit WI Early Childhood Collaborating Partners Contact the Regional Community Collaboration Coaches Become an approved trainer Sponsor a training in your area Attend a 15 hour training to learn more about WMELS You may hold the piece to complete the picture in WI

12 Pyramid Model for Social Emotional Competence in Young Children

13 Key Points to Know About This Initiative
Framework of tiered intervention for enhancing social emotional development in children ages birth-5 Cross systems trainers attended Infant Toddler, Preschool and Coaches training. Parent Module training. 5 demonstration sites plus 8 pilot sites Emphasis on program wide adoption of the Pyramid Model using systems change model Will link to Young Star through series of trainings for pilot classrooms

14 Key People Involved in this Work & How They are Involved
SEFEL Pyramid Model State Advisory Team State Planning Facilitator-Lana Nenide State Training Coordinator- Julie Betchkal Workgroups and chairs Sustainability/Infrastructure- Lilly Irvin-Vitella Information Sharing- Andrea Murray Data- Lana Nenide Training Support- Julie Betchkal Master cadre (will be trainer of trainers) Training cadre Coaches external-support outside of program internal- work within the program

15 How to Learn About this Initiative
look for Wisconsin page Under Social Emotional left side menu

16 Home Visiting Leslie McAllister Home Visiting Coordinator
Wisconsin Department of Children and Families

17 Key Points to Know About This Initiative
Home Visiting Programs Family Foundations Empowering Families Milwaukee Programs include training and technical assistance through UW-Extension and Milwaukee-Extension Opportunities for federal dollars for evidence-based home visiting through the Affordable Care Act (health care reform) Family Foundations A little less than $1mil that funds up to 10 projects Currently have a mix of Healthy Families America (HFA), Parents as Teachers (PAT) and home grown programs Recent statutory change that took away proscribed mix of rural and semi-urban counties and replaced that with a funding formula based on # of MA births, poor birth outcomes, racial disproportionality along those poor birth outcomes – this change requires State to put out an RFP for those funds Empowering Families Uses a combination of TANF and Project LAUNCH (SAMHSA) dollars Thru the City of Milwaukee Public Health Department – they contract with 3 FRCs (St. Vincent Center, La Causa, and CSSW) Serves 8 zip codes id’d as high need Work collaboratively (within City public health) with the smaller Nurse Family Partnership program – 2 of 8 zip codes, 75 families Training thru UW-Extension Statewide trainer/coordinator of training on hv basics, how to use screening tools and other topics as needed (i.e. dv, mental health/post partum depression, motivational interviewing techniques) – mix of child welfare funding sources Also have a trainer/TA provider in Milwaukee hired by UW-Extension Milwaukee County – using TANF $ Federal home visiting dollars 3-step process – in the middle of the needs assessment (due 9/20) which will be basis for state plan due early 2011 Required to serve communities identified as highest need with high-risk families Outcomes for participants in 6 benchmark areas: maternal/infant health, child maltreatment/injury, school readiness, crime/dv, family econ self-sufficiency and service coordination/referrals

18 Key People Involved in this Work & How They are Involved
Departments of Children & Families, Health Services and Public Instruction Governor’s Early Childhood Advisory Council Local public health and human service departments and school districts CAP Fund Early Childhood Home Visitation Outcomes Project Children’s Trust Fund UW-Extension Family Living Program/Milwaukee County Extension DCF, DHS and DPI – have a work team involving social workers, nurses, epidemiologists, educators, policy analysts, including Linda Leonhart with Head Start & Jill Haglund – principle contacts Ann Stueck and me CAP Fund – director Jennifer Hammell and grant manager Lisa Lieske Outcomes Project – Audrey Laszewski as project coordinator and 8 sites represented (usu by program administrators) Children’s Trust Fund – all staff – Mary Ann (ECAC, Advisory Council on Child Welfare), Jen Jones, Katie Maguire, Teressa Pellett UW-Extension – Pence Revington (statewide), Cindy Muhar (Milwaukee until hire replacement for Kim Porter) ECAC – Lilly Irvin-Vitella, Dave Edie, Therese Ahlers, Suzy Rodriguez, Mary Ann Snyder, Linda L and Jill H as staff

19 How this Initiative Impacts Others
Home visiting as part of a robust early childhood system Working across systems Opportunities for cross-training Implementing evidence-based models Data-driven decision-making ECAC playing lead role in developing statewide (and helping develop local) ECE and family support system – see home visiting as the foundation Need to work across systems – involvement of many state departments/agencies, will require the local programs to work collaboratively with other providers so that we can make progress in the benchmark areas – especially school readiness, family econ self-sufficiency and service coordination/referral process Cross-training opportunities with others in the ECE & FS system Appropriately using screening tools; supervision; issue-based training (AODA, Mental health, dv) Mental health consultation – home visiting programs can be a resource or contribute to shared resource Exploring distance-learning – could we use CESA or Extension technology Evidence-based – definitely being pushed by feds – challenge with our home grown programs/hybrids - could push other programs to be more evidence-based/informed Data-driven – we’re being asked to serve high need first and pool our collective resources

20 How to Learn About this Initiative
Website: Webcasts Primary contacts: Leslie McAllister, DCF Ann Altman Stueck, DHS DCF is about to go live with a website dedicated to the federal application process (maybe more in the future) Future webcasts are being planned related to the federal application and development of the Wisconsin state home visiting plan

21 Karen Apitz and Suzy Rodriguez
Parents as Teachers Karen Apitz and Suzy Rodriguez

22 Key Points to Know About This Initiative
Evidence-based home visiting model emphasizing that a parent is a child’s first and most significant teacher. Eligibility – Parents/caregivers with children prenatal-5. Four Components: Personal visits utilizing the Born to Learn curriculum, Group meetings, Screening, Resource network Can be universal or targeted 57 sites statewide (urban, rural and Tribal) Core Values

23 Key People Involved in this Work & How They are Involved
Karen Apitz and Suzy Rodriguez Wisconsin PAT State Leaders Pence Revington PAT National Trainer

24 How this Initiative Impacts Others
Many organizations integrate PAT into a cadre of services or as part of a larger program (i.e. FRCs, EFM) PAT programs often touch at risk families not seen in other programs PAT programs are in communities across the state as a resource and referral. Parents who become engaged in their child’s education from birth will remain engaged. Professional Development Opportunities

25 How to Learn About this Initiative
Parents as Teachers Parents Plus Karen Apitz Suzy Rodriguez

26 Awareness to Action Jennifer Hammel –
Child Abuse Prevention Fund Director Children’s Hospital and Health System

27 Key Points to Know About This Initiative
A2A is focused on educating adults (not children) on preventing child sexual abuse. Utilizes curriculum developed by Darkness to Light called Stewards of Children There are 40 communities that offer Stewards of Children training using over 100 trained facilitators. Two communities are recipients of pilot site grants to engage in more structured community capacity building and public awareness: Milwaukee and Fox Valley.

28 Key People Involved in this Work & How They are Involved
Wisconsin Children’s Trust Fund Child Abuse Prevention Fund at Children’s Hospital and Health System Children’s Service Society of Wisconsin Representatives from each State Department sit on statewide Steering Committee Pilot Site grantees: Parenting Network in Milwaukee and Sexual Assault Crisis Center in Fox Cities

29 How this Initiative Impacts Others
2009: 461 adults were trained to protect children in 35 presentations throughout the state. Jan.-Aug. 2010: 1,806 adults were trained in Stewards of Children in 124 presentations. Awareness to Action received three hundred and seventy-nine (379) surveys with the following results: 29% increase in the number of participants who believe that fewer children would be sexually abused if adults made more conscious choices about the situations in which children were placed. 65% increase in willingness to make a choice that a child should not participate in an activity because of the potential for sexual abuse. 59% increase in willingness to speak up about concerns regarding a situation where older youth are supervising younger children. 81% increase in willingness to intervene in a situation where they think a child is being sexually abused. In partnership with SFTA – 25 additional facilitators were trained in 2010.  An additional 25 will be trained in October through a sponsorship from WCASA

30 How to Learn About this Initiative
To schedule a training for adults in or near your community: To learn about becoming a facilitator: Mary Kleman or For general information:

31 I Am Moving – I Am Learning

32 Key Points to Know About This Initiative
I Am Moving I Am Learning – A proactive approach for addressing obesity in Head Start Children Goal One: Increase the quantity of time spent in moderate to vigorous physical activity (MVPA) during the daily routine to meet national guidelines for physical activity. Goal Two: Improve the quality of structured movement experiences intentionally facilitated by teachers and adults. Goal Three: Improve healthy nutrition choices for children every day. Structured Training for Head Start Teachers and Early Care and Education Partners: Updated Content- Opportunity Knocks:  Reversing Current Obesity Trends Birth to Five: Introduction to Motor Development Teaching Across Cultural Horizons Reflect & Plan: Taking IMIL to Your Program Engaging Families & Staff in MVPA Child Assessment: Observing & Evaluating Motor Skills in Young Children Workshops - Body Language Moving With the Brain in Mind Nutrition Building Blocks MVPA Everyday Activities for All Move, Play and Learn at Home Take it Outside

33 Key People Involved in this Work & How They are Involved
I Am Moving, I Am Learning-Building on the Momentum Head Start Body Start – National Center for Physical Development and Outdoor Play Master Trainers & HSBS (IMIL) Trainers & Physical Activity Consultants On-Line Training and Communities of Practice National/state/local trainings Head Start Training & Technical Assistance Network IMIL identified as National Priority ECE/Content Specialist

34 How this Initiative Impacts Others
Obesity Prevention at the National Level Let’s Move IMIL State Lead Obesity Prevention Efforts Wisconsin Early Childhood Obesity Prevention Initiative Wisconsin Nutrition and Physical Activity Plan YoungStar Health and Well Being Quality Indicator

35 How to Learn About this Initiative
Early Childhood Learning & Knowledge Center - Head Start Body Start - Head Start Training & Technical Assistance Network Joanna Parker, Wisconsin ECE Manager,

36 WI Early Childhood Obesity Prevention
Bridget Cullen Childcare Wellness Coordinator Nutrition, Physical Activity Obesity Prevention Program Obesity Prevention Unit Wisconsin Department of Health

37 Key Points to Know About This Initiative
Mission: To develop and implement a collaborative statewide multi-strategy, evidence-based initiative to enhance nutrition and physical activity among 2-5 year olds and their families by engaging providers, families, community partners, and other stakeholders. Impact of Overweight and Obesity for Young Children in Wisconsin Of Wisconsin children 2 -4 participating in WIC, 29.3% are overweight (PedNSS) Addressing the issue: Prevention of obesity at multiple levels Change Environment Change Policies, Modify Attitudes and Preferences Improve Knowledge

38 Key People Involved in this Work & How They are Involved
Key Partners Involved: WI Early Childhood Obesity Prevention Initiative Includes WI PAN Childcare Committee Dept. of Children & Families (Lic.Grp/Family, Cert.) Dept. of Public Instruction Supporting Families Together Assoc. WI Council on Children & Families WI Early Childhood Association (WECA) UW-Extension UW Madison, Dept. of Family Medicine WiPOD Child Care Centers & Head Start Other Early Child Care and Education Organizations

39 How this Initiative Impacts Others
Increase involvement and partnerships Provide information pertaining to current obesity-focused activities and perceived role in early childhood obesity prevention Identify specific elements that should be addressed in the State’s intervention plan for the ECE&C system Assist with the dissemination of the recommendations and resources to key decision makers and key stakeholders What Works in Child Care (evidence-based recommendations) Integrate specific activities into your individual or agency’s annual work plan Provide follow-up data regarding effectiveness of the strategies/resources utilized in your specific setting Obesity Prevention requires all sectors of influence working together.

40 How to Learn About this Initiative
Mary Pesik, Program Coordinator or Amy Meinen, Nutrition Coordinator or Bridget Cullen, Childcare Wellness Coordinator or Jon Morgan, Physical Activity Coordinator or Jordan Bingham, Healthy Communities Coordinator or

41 Birth to 3 Program Crossing Borders ARRA Funded Relationship-Based Early Intervention in Natural Environments Using Evidence-Based Practices Waisman Center: Elizabeth Wahl, Carol Noddings Eichinger, Linda Tuchman DHS: Darsell Johns, Dana Romary, and Lori Wittemann RESource: Michelle Davies and RESource Facilitators

42 Key Points to Know About This Initiative
Birth to 3 Quality Improvement Initiative “Crossing Borders” metaphor crosses disciplines crosses counties crosses systems crosses topics sharing expertise and resources related to working with very young children and their families Many county teams are increasing use of teaming and coaching practices to build the capacity of parents and caregivers to promote child development Systems are in place to ensure sustainability, including the utilization of Plan-Do-Study-Act Rapid Cycle Change Process

43 Key People Involved in this Work & How They are Involved
Families and children County Birth to 3 Leaders Consortia of Multiple County Teams Local Early Intervention Teams Community Partners State-wide experts preparing as “Mentors” WPDP, DHS, and RESource TA network

44 How this Initiative Impacts Others
Change in practice allowing outreach and discussions and better integration with other systems touching the lives of young children Topics of common interest include: child find, social/emotional development, parent engagement, contextualized learning, teaming, coaching, organizational change Application of coaching practices among team members, including families Shared training with other systems and partners WECCP T&TA Network Skill-Building Event, Jan. 2010 (examples include FACETS, local child care centers, Fellows in the Infant/ Early Childhood and Family Mental Health Post-Graduate Certificate, Wisconsin Alliance for Infant Mental Health, DPI/DHS Birth to 6 Transition Work Group, family physicians and other referral sources, etc.)

45 How to Learn About this Initiative
Waisman Center Training and Technical Assistance ARRA Page: Frequently Asked Questions Document: Consortia Blogs (take a look at Success Stories and Primary Coach pages) National Resources: The Seven Key Principles: Looks Like/Doesn’t Look Like Coaching in Early Childhood

46 Dual Language Learners (DLLs)
Ruth Reinl , EC DLL Consultant CESA #4

47 Key Points to Know About This Initiative
TA/PD available to programs serving B-6 Dual Language Learners (DLLs) and their families DLL meeting held to coordinate statewide efforts and identify state priorities regarding DLLs DLL Steering Committee established to help direct and advise on PD/TA priorities Downloadable document series (FACTS & TIPS) on DLLs and their families Training modules on FACTS & TIPS will be developed

48 Key People Involved in this Work & How They are Involved
Preschool DLL State Steering Committee Erin Arango-Escalante, DPI Consultant, EC SE (Co-Chair) Ruth Reinl, EC DLL Consultant, CESA 4 (Co-Chair) Sue Albert, Consultant, ECSE, CESA 10 Jacqueline Iribarren, DPI Consultant, Bilingual Education & ESL Lilly Irvin-Vitela, Exec. Director---Supporting Families Together Darsell Johns, Coordinator, DHS Birth-Three Program Linda Leonhart, Director, State Head Start Collaboration Office Gaye Tylka, PST, CESA 4 (DLL, RTI)

49 How this Initiative Impacts Others
Provides accurate and up-to-date information on culturally and linguistically responsive assessment and instruction practices for DLLs, birth-6. Provides technical assistance to programs struggling to meet the cultural and linguistic needs of young children and their families. Will eventually provide set of training modules for programs on meeting the linguistic and cultural needs of children and families Helps prevent over and under referrals to Special Education of children learning more than one language

50 How to Learn About this Initiative
Contact DLL Steering Committee Members View postings on WECCP website

51 Inclusive Practices & Environment
Mary Joslin – Early Childhood Program Support Teacher – CESA 10

52 IDEA Part C B-3 Indicator 2 Part B Ages 3-6 Indicator 6
Percent of infants and toddlers with IFSPs who primarily receive early intervention services in the home or programs for typically developing children.2 (20 USC 1416(a)(3)(A) and 1442) Percent of preschool children with IEPs who received special education and related services in settings with typically developing peers (e.g., early childhood settings, home, and part-time early childhood/part-time early childhood special education settings). (20 U.S.C. 1416(a)(3)(A))

53 Key Points to Know About This Initiative
Birth-to-3 supports outcomes for children and families in natural environments Services from the school at age 3 focus on educational outcomes in Least Restrictive Environment. Partnerships-working together Research based practices Functional skills in real settings Services for young children through IDEA are focused on outcomes for children in their natural environments with their peers.

54 Key People Involved in this Work & How They are Involved
DHS and DPI Birth-to-3 Resource Waisman Center Early Childhood Program Support Teachers at each CESA Preschool Options Project CESA 2 and CESA 4 Minigrants Many others- Families, Head Start, CCR&R, Family Resource Center . . . We are working together to re-define “good work”.

55 How this Initiative Impacts Others
Families are key in the decision making process Child Care providers and other community partners are key in decision making and service provision. University and Technical College programs are involved in preparing new professionals for their new role in partnerships for children with disabilities and their families.

56 How to Learn About this Initiative
Connect with your local partners Participate in community councils and transition agreement meetings Know your local Birth-to-3 Resource person and Early Childhood Program Support Teacher Websites:


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