Presentation on theme: "WV Pre-k and Child Care Partnerships"— Presentation transcript:
1 WV Pre-k and Child Care Partnerships WV DHHR, Division of Early Care & Education
2 Timelines 2012-2013 full implementation Full participation is estimated to be between 75-80% of the eligible children
3 Why Consider Participation? Statewide’05-’06 enrollment – 8,942projected four year old population – 21,106Unmet need at 80%- 9,744
4 Why Consider Participation? Where are those children now?Where will they be?What impact will there be on your center?
5 What can child care offer? Inclusive of all childrenFacilities/equipment/expertise for young childrenContinuity of care, extended day/ year care for families
6 What can child care offer? Families and children are already connected and have relationshipsExpanded period of time for learningFood serviceTransportation does not need to be provided
7 What can child care offer? With help of LEA, a qualified staff can be hired through the child care center, without factoring into professional positions for LEAParental choice
8 Benefits of Child Care Involvement Raises credibility and provides validation for the child care centerOpportunity to enhance quality programmingAccess to additional resourcesProvides access to additional professional developmentOpportunity to increase teacher salaries
9 Think StrategicallyWhat does it mean to child care to be involved in the WV Pre-k?
10 Programmatic Differences Structural Orientations –Child care provides education as well as care but on an extended and more flexible schedulePublic education is oriented to “education” with a consistent schedule, they provide care also but is not the main focus
11 WVBE Policy 2525All pre-k programs in public schools, including preschool special needs, and any contracted community program must follow this policy
12 Policy 2525First in effect Feb. 12, 2003Revised and adopted Aug. 14, 2005Several revisions with input from a large collaborative groupRevisions this fall/winter
13 §126-28-4 Parents as Partners Two Face to face conferencesDocumented methods of communicationMeaningful involvementTransition and inclusion supportsDecision-making
14 §126-28-5 Attendance Enrollment is voluntary Children can only be dis-enrolled with the consent of parent, teacher, and principal if deemed in the best interest of the childOnce enrolled children follow attendance policesAttendance is not part of the LEA’s OEPA Monitoring
15 §126-28-5 Attendance- Implications County collaborative policy on procedures for attendance/ tardiness/ dis-enrollmentMust follow WV Code § for removal from classroom ( IE- financial or behavior)OptionsAdvance discussions/ contractual agreement on how to handle
16 §126-28-5 Attendance- Implications Expectation that children attend consistently and on timeIncreased expectations from child care attendance that may vary from parent work schedules
17 §126-28-6 Collaboration and the County Plan All counties must submit a plan for approvalReview team; makes approval recommendation; and provides county specific feedback
18 §126-28-6 Collaboration and the County Plan Secretary of WV DHHR receives the approval/non-approval recommendations and accepts or rejectsWV State Board of Education reviews the Secretary's actions and the recommendations for approval/non-approval
19 County Collaborative Planning Team The county plan is to be developed by a team that includes core partners:Public School PreschoolPublic School Preschool Special NeedsLicensed Child Care Center(s)Head StartLocal DHHRParent
20 County Collaborative Planning Team The county planning team can also include:WV Birth to ThreeCCR&R’sFRN’sACDSStarting PointsBusiness
21 Child Care Core Partner Elected by the licensed child care in countyCore partner is designated in order to have one person signRepresent all child care interestsEncourage other centers to attend in addition to core partnerCritical to attend meetings
22 Child Care Core Partner Seek out CCR & R and local WV DHHR CSM or representative for supportQuestions or problems contact ECE Division WV DHHRSign plan to indicate agreement – feel comfortable that child care was adequately supported and is involvedState in letter concerns
23 Maximization of Resources Must collaborate with existing community programs within the county before opening new LEA only classrooms- unless partners do not exist or choose not to participate50% of classrooms in community programsCounties must explore all feasible supports to enable child care to participate
24 Maximization of Resources Impact StudyPurpose to determine impact on community programs for any proposed classroomPreference of personal contact to complete – during a team meeting; individual or phone contact
25 Changes to PlanAll changes of substance must be submitted with signatures of all the collaborative partners for approval to the Secretary of the WVDHHR and WVBE 30 days prior to implementation of changes.
26 Contractual Agreements Contract and budget must be submitted for each collaborative community classroom to WVDE Early Childhood Coordinator by July 15 of each year.Negotiate and analyze each area of policy to establish expectations between the partners – resources, oversight, and how the quality standards will be managed.
27 Contracts- Implications Be sure you are clear on all aspectsWhat oversight activities will there be?How will resources be distributed and who decides how they will be spent?If an LEA teacher is placed in the center what on-site oversight is there?What happens when a teacher is ill or needs to be out?
28 §126-28-8 Personnel Standards Qualifying certification/ endorsementEarly educationPrek-K endorsementBirth to FivePreschool Special Needs
29 §126-28-8 Personnel Standards Teacher Permits Individuals without qualifying certification/ endorsement may be eligible for a permit up to five years, annual renewal:Educational requirements per § plus 25% of required coursework for qualifying certification as defined by the higher education institution in which they are enrolled.Annual minimum of 6 credit hours towards qualifying certification/endorsement
30 §126-28-8 Personnel Standards Teacher Permits Annual Permit for up to five years for persons with degrees in:Elementary EducationChild and Family Studies/Early Childhood or Child Development
31 §126-28-8 Personnel Standards Teachers – Community Programs Community Programs can allow for following degrees to work towards certification:Board of RegentsSpecialization in Early ChildhoodAssociate on Child Development & 1 yr experienceAssociate in Occupational Development & 1 yr experienceEmphasis on Child Development
32 Assistance in Obtaining Permit WV Department of EducationNathan EstelVerification of 25% Coursework or enrollment in college – Higher Education InstitutionCounty Board of Education
33 §126-28-8 Personnel Standards Implications Options in Community Programs-Center may employ a teacher with qualifying certification – consider salary enhancementCenter may employ a “permitable” teacherLEA may place a teacher in the centerClarify in contract how qualifying teacher absences will be covered
34 §126-28-9 Regulation of Facilities Core set of health and safety standards that align with the child care licensing and Head Start Performance Standards are imbedded in WVBE Policy 2525Differing governanceChild care centers must be licensed; private preschools must meet licensing standards
35 §126-28-9 Regulation of Facilities No more than 20 children enrolled per classroom1 adult : 10 children
36 §126-28-9 Regulation of Facilities Implications Enrollment of Pre-k classroom cannot exceed 20 childrenEnrollment must be stable for designated WV Pre-k hoursFinancial implications should be considered when negotiating contract
37 §126-28-10 Standards for Preparing Students - Early Learning Standards Framework (ELSF) ELSF provides the content standards and objectives for pre-k classrooms( WVBE Policy )ELSF effective June 1, 2004ELSF part of President Bush’s Good Start, Grow Smart program (CCDF Funds)
38 §126-28-11 Curricular Frameworks and Assessments Requires Approved Curricular Framework and Assessment systems be used in WV Pre-k classrooms
39 §126-28-11 Curricular Frameworks and Assessments Creating Child-Centered Classrooms: 3-5 Yr Olds (1997; 2000 reprint)Assessment system under developmentThe Creative Curriculum® for Preschool (2002) Fourth EditionThe Creative Curriculum Developmental Assessment System (2001)Educating Young Children (2002), Second EditionPreschool Child Observation Record COR 2nd Edition (2003)
40 §126-28-11 Curricular Frameworks and Assessments Required Companion ResourcesCreating Inclusive Classrooms (1999)Learning to Read and Write Developmentally Appropriate Practices for Young Children (2000)
41 §126-28-11 Curricular Frameworks and Assessments- Implications Every WV Pre-k Classroom:Must be using an approved curricular framework and accompanying assessmentCurriculum and Assessment is time consuming – teachers need planning timeTeacher time considered in planning/ negotiations
42 §126-28-12 Transition and Continuity The goal is high quality care and education in every settingIt is important to consider the child within the family contextMinimize the number of settings in which a child receives care and education
43 §126-28-12 Transition and Continuity- Implications Intention is that children being served naturally in the child care should continue at the child care and receive quality WV Pre-k in their regular classroom to minimize transition and provide continuity.
44 §126-28-13 Inclusive Environments No segregation on the basis of socioeconomic level, ability, and/or funding streamsFully inclusive classrooms provide individual services and programming for all children.
45 §126-28-14 Staff Development and Training 15 hours annually on high quality programming for four year olds; 6 on inclusive environmentsFollow the WV STARS process30 hrs of curriculum training over a 24 month period.Participation with county collaborative to receive
46 § Program OversightLocal oversight designed through county planning teamsPart of collaborative contractsBe very clear and upfront with the LEA on classroom oversightClear on oversight of LEA employed teacher
47 § Financing16.2 If programs are part of the collaborative county plan and provide education services to eligible children that can be counted in the county school aid funding formula, those services must be provided at no cost to the parent/guardian of the children. In collaborative settings, WV Pre-k is considered an enhancement to the program and parents shall not be charged additional costs for the enhanced services.
48 §126-28-16 Financing- Implications Operating Expenses for WV Pre-KParent TuitionTuition reduction based on supporting LEA resourcesPayment of set rate per child/ per day by LEAResources that offset other costsTuition charges for before and after based on supporting LEA resourcesJudy Olson and Lynn Wallace
49 §126-28-16 Financing- Implications Operating Expenses for WV Pre-KParent TuitionTuition policy of full day/week payment with Pre-k being an enhancement to the existing program
50 §126-28-16 Financing- Implications Options for Operating Expenses for WV Pre-K- Child Care SubsidyMay continue to receive subsidy payment based on defined conditions:Licensed child care center; at least 10 hours per dayChild must be eligible and only for approved hours
51 §126-28-16 Financing- Implications Options for Operating Expenses for WV Pre-K- Child Care SubsidyPayments received from LEA are to be considered as support to enhancement of program, and not to cover basic cost of care.Parents cannot be charged the fee during WV Pre-k hoursUse center to maximum extent possibleProcess to insure sign in/out procedures alert the center to times child may attend Pre-k but not eligible for subsidy
52 § FinancingChildren in a contractual classroom in a child care center are enrolled in WVDE WVEIS system and are counted for the LEA to receive school aid funding formula.School aid funding formula is generally paid a year behind.Counties considered “growth” counties can receive a % of the funding during the school year
53 § FinancingCenters and LEA work collaboratively to determine what resources each will provideApproach collaboration with what center has to offer vs what will center gainBudgets are reflected on the WV Pre-k Contractual Community Programs FTE Calculations FormFTE for school aid funding formula is determined by the budgetFTE adjustment can be made by WVDE to cover cost of teacher
54 §126-28-17 Program Evaluation Annual evaluation of each classroom based on the ECERS-R assessmentDue annually by July 15Must use the ECERS-R ADFClassroom reviews conducted by a county level team with at least one administratorCenter Directors should participate on the ECERS-R evaluation teams
55 Technical Assistance Website County Plan formatRequest AssistanceGuidance DocumentsFrequently Asked QuestionsCurriculumWV Early Learning Standards Framework