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Board of Directors Meeting March 12, 2013 2012 Race to the Top Early Learning Challenge Grant Annual Report.

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1 Board of Directors Meeting March 12, Race to the Top Early Learning Challenge Grant Annual Report

2 2 RTT-ELC Grant Overview $50 million awarded for the Massachusetts Early Learning Plan Funding to accelerate EECs existing work and start new initiatives that build on MAs comprehensive early education system 12 RTT-ELC Projects in Program Quality, Educator Quality, Screening & Assessment, Family & Community Engagement, and Infrastructure

3 3 RTT-ELC Annual Report Reporting progress in EECs priority areas: Program Quality: High Quality Accountable Programs, Early Learning & Development Standards Educator Quality: Early Childhood Education Workforce Screening & Assessments: Comprehensive Assessment Systems Family & Community Engagement: Engaging & Supporting Families Infrastructure: Successful State Systems, Early Learning Data Systems

4 4 Program Quality: High Quality Accountable Programs, Early Learning & Development Standards Project #2: QRIS Program Quality Supports Budget: $8,791,879 Activities: QRIS online courses, QRIS program improvement grants, scholarships for educators in QRIS programs, QRIS health advisors, business planning course Project 6: Standards Validation and Alignment Budget: $950,748 Activities: QRIS validation study, English language development standards, multilingual translation of QRIS and early learning standards

5 5 Educator Quality: Early Childhood Education Workforce Project #5: Sustaining Program Effects in the Early Elementary Grades Budget: $4,992,219 Activities: Early Educators Fellowship Institute, Readiness Centers Project #8: Ensuring Competency through Workforce Knowledge, Skills and Practice-Based Support Budget: $10,944,853 Activities: analysis of professional development data, validation study of educator competencies, higher education for educators who are English language learners, post-masters certificate, peer and coaching

6 6 Educator Quality: Early Childhood Education Workforce Project #11: Pre-K to Grade Three Alignment for Educational Success: Communications Budget:$113,584 Activities: Exceptional Educator and Exceptional Instructional Leader Award, Brain Building in Progress Project #12: Pre-K to Grade Three Alignment for Educational Success: Content Based Media Partnership Budget:$582,652 Activities: media partnership with WGBH to create early learning resources for educators and parents

7 7 Screening & Assessment: Comprehensive Assessment System Project #3: Measuring Growth Through the Massachusetts Early Learning and Development Assessment System (MELD) Budget: $15,540,199 Activities: ASQ toolkits with training for CFCE grantees and DHCD shelters, assessment tools for public school teachers in MKEA Project #9: Measuring Growth by Developing a Common Measure for Kindergarten Entry Assessment (KEA) Budget: $401,336 Activities: development of a common metric based on assessment data

8 8 Family & Community Engagement: Engaging & Supporting Families Project #4: Family Engagement Evidence Based Practice Budget: $15,529,169 Activities: financial education for families, family literacy, adult literacy, partnership with museums and libraries, Brazelton Touchpoints training Project #5: Sustaining Program Effects in the Early Elementary Grades Budget: $4,992,219 Activities: Birth to Grade Three alignment Project #12: Pre-K to Grade Three Alignment for Educational Success: Content Based Media Partnership Budget:$582,652 Activities: media partnership with WGBH to create early learning resources for educators and parents

9 9 Infrastructure: Successful State Systems, Early Learning Data Systems Project #1: Systems Infrastructure Activity: EEC Budget Budget: $967,989 Activities: staffing and administration Project #7: Interagency Partnerships Budget: $1,232,564 Activities: partnerships with DCF, DHCD, DMH, DPH, ORI Project #10: Implementing the Early Childhood Information Systems (ECIS) Budget: $628,614 Activities: development of an Early Childhood Information System (ECIS), Longitudinal Data System (LDS)

10 10 Program Quality: High Quality, Accountable Programs Increasing the number of programs in QRIS 7,327 programs receiving CCDF funds of which: 166 are UPK and 214 are Head Start programs 136 are license exempt programs 70 are programs funded by IDEA, Part B, section are programs funded under Title I of ESEA 307 QRIS Program Improvement Grants awarded (RTT#2.2) Development of QRIS Technical Assistance and Business Planning courses to complement existing QRIS online fundamentals course Revising and Validating QRIS Standards EDC report Review of Research on Child Care Quality completed Launch of QRIS Validation Study with pilot study underway (RTT#6.1)

11 11 Program Quality: Early Learning and Development Standards Massachusetts Alignment Study (RTT#6.2) Major Findings Overall: Massachusetts has a solid set of standards that address the birth-through-five age continuum. EEC has made a good effort to align its standards across a broad age spectrum and with seminal documents, particularly the Common Core. Study Recommendations: Create robust set of standards that do not ignore either of the national documents, but aligns with them as appropriate within the context of Massachusetts. Addition of indicators to the preschool and kindergarten standards to fully address Social and Emotional Development, Approaches Toward Play and Learning, the Cognitive Processes, and English Language Acquisition. Adjust some of the indicators to make the progression of difficulty between the preschool and kindergarten standards more consistent.

12 12 Program Quality: Early Learning and Development Standards English Language Development Standards (RTT#6.4) Development of English Language Development Standards for children 2.5 to 5.5 years old. Alignment with the recently adopted use of the K to 12 assessment of English Language Development by the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. Full day work session with over 40 participants from public schools, higher education, Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, Head Start programs and center based programs on the draft Early Language Learning Standards.

13 13 Educator Quality: Early Childhood Education Workforce Readiness Centers (RTT#5.2) Funding to regional Readiness Centers to provide professional development related to QRIS, data management and MKEA 332 professional development opportunities aligned with QRIS Standards, MA Curriculum Frameworks, and Infant, Toddler and Preschool Learning Guidelines Validation of Workforce Competencies (RTT#8.2) Validating educator competencies in social emotional development, literacy, numeracy, and digital techniques in the classroom Pilot study in progress with 80 family, center based and out of school time programs Peer Assistance and Coaching (PAC) (RTT#8.7) Improve the education, training, and compensation of early childhood educators to promote effective practice and alignment with EECs workforce core competencies, increase workforce retention, and strengthen adult-child interactions, especially among high needs children PAC Model consist of Consultant Teachers, Mentees, and CLASS

14 14 Educator Quality: Early Childhood Education Workforce Business Planning for Early Educators (RTT#2.8) Assist educators in family and center based programs to implement sound business practices that will result in higher scores on the PAS, BAS and APT to reach higher QRIS levels Higher Education for English Language Learners (RTT#8.5) Program for educators who are English Language Learners to access higher education while providing immediate content needed to improve practice Cohort 1 focused on Spanish speaking educators in family based programs

15 15 Educator Quality: Early Childhood Education Workforce Early Childhood Educators Scholarships (RTT#2.3) Collaboration with Office of Student Financial Assistance (OSFA) to fund annual scholarships to early education and out of school time providers working in the field to attain associates or bachelors degree in early childhood education or related area $4.2million allocated to these scholarships ($3.2m from state, $1m from RTT-ELC grant) Over 2,300 educators applied for scholarship. EEC received 1,569 applications from OSFA Post Masters Certificate in Early Education Research, Policy & Leadership (RTT#8.6) Educate new generation of early childhood leaders Fund 3 cohorts of 15 educators from applications received, 15 educators selected

16 16 Educator Quality: Early Childhood Education Workforce Early Educators Fellowship Institute (RTT#5.1) Provides content relevant to EEC core competencies, EEC and ESE initiatives and are counted toward college credit offered to every individual participant. The Institute fosters cross-sector collaboration among public school, Head Start, center-based, out of school time, family child care, mental health, and early intervention programs. 129 educators completed Institute from FY12 speakers include: Barbara Bowman, the Chief Officer of Early Childhood Education for the Chicago Public Schools; Dr. Ed Tronick from Childrens Hospital Boston and the University of Massachusetts Boston; Rebecca Soden from the Clayton Early Learning Center in Denver, Colorado. Media based literacy support for educators (RTT#12) Partnership with WGBH to develop digital hub, a free, online platform that will feature a centralized library of these resources, direct links to related materials, and customized pathways to guide teachers, parents and other care providers through the site

17 17 Screening & Assessments: Comprehensive Assessment Systems Massachusetts Kindergarten Entry Assessment (MKEA) (RTT#3) Cohort 1 of 20 public schools using formative assessment tools Teaching Strategies GOLD or Work Sampling System. 809 teachers and administrators have been trained. Cohort 2 recruitment underway. Ages and Stages Questionnaire (ASQ) (RTT#3.1) Assessment tool for parents to learn more about their childs development and to help them understand that they are their childs first teacher. ASQ toolkits delivered to 99 CFCE grantees. ASQ toolkits to be delivered to staff working at Dept. of Housing and Community Development shelters and other service providers.

18 18 Family & Community Engagement: Engaging & Supporting Families Evidence Based Literacy (RTT#4.2) $400,000 awarded to 24 CFCE grantees to serve 338 cities and towns in early and family literacy Professional Development Opportunities for CFCE grantees ASQ (RTT#3.1) Brazelton Touchpoints (RTT#4.5) Read and Rise Recognizing Signs of Post Partum Depression Financial Literacy (RTT#4.1) Museum and Libraries Partnership (RTT#4.4) Boston Childrens Museum leading statewide strategy increase capacity of museums and libraries to support family and community engagement

19 19 Family & Community Engagement: Engaging & Supporting Families Infant/Toddler Guidelines, Guidelines for Preschool Learning Experiences (RTT#6.4) Guidelines translated into 6 languages Media Based Literacy Support For families (RTT#12) Partnership with WGBH to develop digital hub, a free, online platform that will feature a centralized library of these resources, direct links to related materials, and customized pathways to guide teachers, parents and other care providers through the site Brain Building in Progress (RTT#11.1) Partnership with United Way of Mass Bay & Merrimack Valley raise public awareness about importance of quality early education Birth to Grade Three Strategy Development (RTT#5.1) 5 communities awarded grants to improve local infrastructure

20 20 Infrastructure: Successful State Systems, Early Learning Data Systems Interagency Partnerships (RTT#7) Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (ESE) Department of Higher Education (DHE) Department of Public Health (DPH) Department of Children and Families (DCF) Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) Office of Refugees and Immigrants (ORI) Department of Transitional Assistance (DTA) The Childrens Trust Fund (CTF) Governance Structure Governor Patrick and the Child and Youth Readiness Cabinet overseeing Education Action Agenda Stable leadership of EEC Board of Directors, Commissioner and Senior Management Public and Private Stakeholder Involvement WGBH United Way of Mass Bay & Merrimack Valley Boston Childrens Museum IBM

21 21 Infrastructure: Successful State Systems, Early Learning Data Systems Early Childhood Information System (ECIS) (RTT#10) Construction of ECIS to create single source for data reporting across agencies Partnership with ESE on Longitudinal Data System 12 reports available on ECIS include: Children by Ethnicity Children by Federal Race Classification (trend) Children by Federal Race Classification (regions) Children by Primary Language Children by Second Language Children by Age Group Children by Funding Children by Top 7 Primary Languages Attendance – Annual Absentee Percentage by Region Attendance – Annual by Regional Ratio per Annum Monthly Child Subsidy Attendance


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