Presentation on theme: "Promoting Early Literacy Early Literacy Initiative Focused on Family Child Care Providers and Infants and Toddlers Statewide Professional Development."— Presentation transcript:
1 Promoting Early Literacy Early Literacy Initiative Focused on Family Child Care Providers and Infants and Toddlers Statewide Professional Development Opportunity EEC and ESE Partnership Focused on Strategies for Closing the Early Literacy Proficiency Gap Board of Early Education and Care December 8, 2009
2 Early Education and Care System Components: Early Literacy Workforce and Professional Development (Q, WF)Informed Families and Public (FS, C, I)Finance (Q, FS, WF, I)EEC Strategic Directions:Q = QualityFS = Family support, access, and affordabilityWF = WorkforceC = CommunicationsI = Infrastructure
3 Proposals Align with Several EEC Initiatives 1. Supported by the recommendations for early literacy from theDepartment of Elementary and Secondary Education Early LiteracySubcommittee of the Proficiency Gap Task Force to create and alignliteracy efforts birth to age eight.One of the Task Force’s top recommendations includes:Early Education and Care and K-12 Alignment:Create an aligned assessment of literacy from Pre –K (3 and 4) to3rd grade. Develop shared professional development for preschoolthrough 3rd grade to demonstrate aligned strategies.
4 Continued Proposals Align with Several EEC Initiatives 2. EEC’s new regulations;Excerpts from New Regulations; Curriculum:The licensee must provide a well-balanced curriculum…the curriculum must ...support school readiness and/or educational development; and 4. include goals for the knowledge and skills to be acquired by children in the areas of English language arts, mathematics, science and technology/engineering, history and social science, comprehensive health, and the arts.The licensee must have evidence of a plan describing how program activities support and engage children through specific learning experiences. Such plan must...provide for: educators reading books daily with children of all ages in an engaging manner in group or individualized settings; learning experiences that support problem solving, critical thinking, communication, language and literacy development, social skills and relationship building;3. Aligned with feedback from EEC Advisory Council to spend ARRA funding on professional development opportunities that support the implementation of the new regulations.
5 Early Literacy Initiative Focused on Family Child Care Providers and Infants and Toddlers
6 The Importance of Early Literacy Improving educational interventions in the child care setting can lessen the developmental risks faced by very young childrenEarly literacy is essential for success in school and life. Research has shown that early literacy at kindergarten correlates strongly with literacy skills throughout subsequent grades, and those children who start behind typically stay behind1. In 2009, 43% of 3rd grade students score below proficient in reading on MCAS2. Children who are exposed to books and stories from infancy are more likely to be successful at learning to read;Early literacy skill acquisition begins in the first year of life and continues into the preschool years;Children need exposure to literacy materials and social interaction for successful literacy development1See for example, Snow, Catherine E; Porche, Michelle V; Tabors, Patton O; Harris, Stephanie Ross. (2007). Is literacy enough? Pathways to academic success for adolescents. xix, 153 pp. Baltimore, MD, US: Paul H Brookes Publishing.2Retrieved from The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education website, November 18, 2009
7 The Importance of Early Literacy The National Early Literacy Panel (NELP) 1was convened in 2002 to examine theimplications of instructional practices used with children from birth through age 5and found:Book-sharing interventions produced statistically significant and moderate-sized effects on children’s print knowledge and oral language skillsHome based and parent programs yielded statistically significant and moderate to large effects on children’s oral language skills and general cognitive abilities.Studies of preschool programs produced significant and moderate to large effects on spelling and reading readiness.Language-enhancement interventions were successful at increasing children’s oral language skills to a large and statistically significant degree.Together, these findings suggest that there are many things programs and parentscan do to improve the literacy development of their young children and thatdifferent approaches influence the development of a different pattern of essentialskills.1Executive Summary, “Developing Early Literacy: Report of the National Early Literacy Panel, A Scientific Synthesis of Early Literacy Development and Implications for Intervention.” National Institute for Literacy
8 The Importance of Early Literacy One study1 broke down the basics of effective early literacy instruction into eightspecific strategies with strong research links to early literacy skills and, in somecases, with later elementary-grade reading achievement. TThe study noted that linking literacy and play is one of the most effective ways tomake literacy activities meaningful and enjoyable for children.The eight strategies are:Rich teacher talkStorybook readingPhonological awareness activitiesAlphabet activitiesSupport for emergent readingSupport for emergent writingShared book experience, andIntegrated, content-focused activities.1“The Essentials of Early Literacy Instruction,” Kathleen A. Roskos, James F. Christie, andDonald J. Richgels, Young Children March 2003, 52-59
9 Family Child Care Provider’s Role in Promoting Early Literacy With appropriate information, support and materials, Family Child Care providers are key partners in promoting early literacy development in the first three years.There is a lack of professional development opportunities and high staff turnover among providers for this age group.
10 Alignment with EEC Initiatives Increasing skills of Family Child Care providers to increase quality for Infants and Toddlers in early education and care programs;Need for Professional Development opportunities focused on infants and toddlers;Focus on importance of Early Literacy;Supported by the recommendations of the Birth to Three Task Force
11 Primary Factors That Contribute to Poorly Developed Literacy Skills Lack of understanding/emphasis on early literacy development in early education and care settings (parents or providers).Adult illiteracy/low literacy among parents and child care providers.Lack of books and resources in programs.
12 Approach to Meeting Specific Challenges Specialized training and ongoing technical assistance for family child care providers focusing on relationship-based care, early literacy development in the first three years of life, creating literacy rich child care environments, and promoting parental involvement in book sharing, reading aloud and storytelling.Distribution of developmentally and culturally appropriate children's books with the goal of each program receiving a small library of books.Information and support for early education and care providers and parents to encourage early literacy development.
13 Goals of InitiativeIncrease providers’ awareness and knowledge of early literacy development in the first three years of life.Further develop providers’ skills in promoting early literacy skills during daily routines with the infants and toddlers in their care.Increase providers’ confidence in storytelling, communicating, and reading aloud to children.Develop providers’ skills in choosing, accessing, and evaluating high quality children’s books.Increase availability of developmentally and culturally appropriate books in early education and care programsAn evaluation component to determine the efficacy of the training.
14 Considerations for Vendors/Models To be funded through a competitive processIntensive Intervention (timeline ~6-12 months for full implementation)Components of Model(s) for ConsiderationModel to be used (evidence based or supported by research or practice)Cost/Number of family child care providers caring for infants and toddlers across the state. (# of participants in each of the 5 regions) that can be trainedCost/Number of other professionals trained (e.g. early literacy specialists for additional trainings of staff within their region.)Cost of training materials to be distributedThe potential creation/promotion of literacy rich child care communities through collaborations with other community early literacy programs such as children’s librarians, etc.Cost/Number of books provided to under-resourced early education and care programs (encourage vendors to seek donations where appropriate)
15 Funding Proposal for Early Literacy Initiative Focusing on Family Child Care Provider and Infants and ToddlersUse of up to $150,000 of ARRA quality funds through a competitive RFR to support an early literacy focused professional development initiative for Family Child Care providers serving infants and toddlers.
16 Statewide Professional Development Opportunity EEC and ESE Partnership Focused on Strategies for Closing the Early Literacy Proficiency Gap
17 Proposed Professional Development Opportunity for ARRA Funding Conference held in partnership with ESE on early literacywithin a pre-k to eight frame focused on strategies for closing theearly literacy proficiency gap.March 3, 2009~800 EEC and ESE providers; including:Early Education and Care providersdistrict literacy coordinatorspublic school literacy coachesfamily literacy coordinatorsTitle I staffPK staff (mixed delivery) with literacy backgroundsLeadershipOthers interested
18 Conference PlanningJoint planning will ensure consideration of the audience as the menu of breakout sessions are developed that address strategies for closing the achievement gapWill consider the timing of the event to better accommodate the schedule of different types of providers (e.g. Family Child Care providers; may provide two sessions)Include an opportunity for post-conference peer support for reflective practiceOther organizations/individuals have agreed to help plan the day:- Strategies for Children - Three-to-Third - ESE: Kindergarten office, Adult Basic Ed, Family Literacy, Office ofLiteracy, Curriculum and Instruction
19 Preliminary Presentation Topics Presenters will be selected to address issues cutting across the pre-K toeight continuum, such as:early childhood assessmentfamily engagementaccountability/summative & formative elementsstandards-based literacy curriculumresearch-based instructional practicesongoing professional development and educator preparation in literacy including the role of literacy coachestargeting ELLs/oral language development & students with special needs
20 Proposal for Joint Professional Development Opportunity Use of $25,000 of ARRA funding to support a one time professional development opportunity in partnership with ESE focused on closing the early literacy proficiency gap within the pre-k to 8 frame that includes an opportunity for post-conference peer support for reflective practice.
21 Funding Proposal for Early Literacy Initiatives Total Proposal = $175,000Use of up to $150,000 of ARRA quality funds through a competitive RFR to support an early literacy focused professional development initiative for Family Child Care providers serving infants and toddlers.Use of $25,000 of ARRA funding to support a one time professional development opportunity in partnership with ESE focused on closing the early literacy proficiency gap within the pre-k to 8 frame that includes an opportunity for post-conference peer support for reflective practice.