Presentation on theme: "ECE Retention Specialist SPRING 2015 REQUEST. Looking Back … The expectations of and demand for “qualified” early childhood teachers is expanding. "— Presentation transcript:
Looking Back … The expectations of and demand for “qualified” early childhood teachers is expanding. First 5 San Mateo County – Prop 10 Tobacco Tax One of the 5 top priorities identified was: “Improve student and community understanding of the ECE/CD Department”. Providing specific support and guidance to ECE students was identified as an objective related to this priority. Funded the Program Services Coordinator Position since 2006 In 2012 when funding was reduced the college process elected to make the position full-time permanent. First 5 funding was restored at ½ and the college picked up ½. The permanent staff member retired in Spring 2014. A part-time temporary specialist was hired for 2014-2015.
Today … The ECE Department is the largest department (number of majors) on campus. consistently grants the highest number of certificates and degrees. graduates attain AS degrees, ASTs and transfer w/out degrees. collaborates with multiple external partners through our Advisory Committee and participation on multiple community boards. Collaborates with the Skyline & CSM ECE programs and department.
Role of The Retention Specialist … The Program Services Coordinator: Meets individually with over 600 students per year – ECE retention and success are higher than college average; On campus and at the Menlo Center. Holds group orientation meetings each semester – enrollment is steady. Visits ECE classes to update students on transfer activities. Maintains First 5 data to support the grant – grant is changing. Participates in outreach, recruitment, and communication including Facebook and other communications. Collaborates with A2B and other campus initiatives. Supports Business Division when necessary. Helps students develop their education plan here and as they transfer. Coordinates 2 major events each year and commencement celebration.
ECE –The Brave New Future That is Here National focus on early care and learning. President included early care and education in the State of the Union State Race To The Top San Mateo County is participating in Pre- Kindergarten Race to the Top activities. State/Local First 5 Focus is shifting from general support to a focus on quality improvement – education. SM County Office of Education Rich partnerships and collaborative projects. National Head Start requiring teachers with BAs in each classroom: San Mateo is not yet compliant!
ECE – The Brave New Future Yet to Come BA Child & Adolescent Development – San Francisco State MA Early Childhood Education/ECE Credential – San Francisco State BS Completion Early Childhood Teaching – University of Washington New ECE Teacher Education Hub ECE Certificates, Degrees Transfer Degrees Elementary Education Focus New TK ECE requirement