Early Learning

Early Learning2020-12-07T13:08:13-08:00

New Early Learning Guidance is now available for the 2020-21 school year!

The guidance was created with the unique needs of young learners in mind, recognizing the particular role of families in early learning.

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2020-21 Newsletters

Early Learning Professionals’ Opportunities for Ongoing Learning (P.O.O.L.)

Sessions are 90 minutes twice per month. Each Early Learning P.O.O.L. session will include a mini-workshop (see list of topics below) and time for professionals to network, problem-solve, and engage in discussion around specific evidence-based practice area of research.

This is an on-going, collaborate community that relies on the collective expertise of the group to improve outcomes for children.

We know that times are uncertain and that all of our educators have different needs. With this in mind, we are offering P.O.O.L. live and asynchronously.

2020-2021 P.O.O.L. Flyer

Transitional Kindergarten

Transitional Kindergarten is a kindergarten program for children not yet age five who do not have access to high-quality early learning experiences prior to kindergarten and have been deemed by a school district, through a screening process and/or other instrument(s), to be in need of additional preparation to be successful in kindergarten the following year. The following “pillars” describe required elements of Transitional Kindergarten.

  1. Transitional Kindergarten programs meet the requirements of full-day kindergarten established in RCW 28A.150.315, including administration of the WaKIDS whole child assessment, within the first ten weeks.
  2. Classrooms are staffed by certificated teachers and paraeducators who provide a curriculum that offers a rich, varied set of experiences in learning environments that are developmentally appropriate and address the whole child. It is recommended that teachers have Early Childhood and/or Early Childhood Special Education Endorsements.
  3. Transitional Kindergarten programs are inclusive, socioeconomically diverse and 3 responsive to the needs of children who qualify for participation.
  4. Transitional Kindergarten programs are fully integrated into school buildings, with access to transportation, specialists, recess, lunch in the school cafeteria and all aspects of the school day available to regular kindergarten students.
  5. Transitional Kindergarten programs work in collaboration with and do not adversely impact enrollment in community-based preschool programs, including Head Start, ECEAP (the Early Childhood Education Assistance Program), tribally-led early learning programs and those operating in licensed child care centers and licensed family homes. Districts participate in coordinated outreach, referral and placement to assure best fit and appropriateness of services based on each child and family’s need.
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Regional Early Learning Map

To locate early learning providers and opportunities in our region, click on the icon in the top left corner (to the left of “NCESD Early Learning Locations”).  Select or deselect options to show pins on the map.  Additional information can be found for each location by clicking on the pin. For additional information on using the map, please email josiek@ncesd.org.

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2020-21 Washington State Fellows Network

A leadership program focused on equitable mindsets and practices for Early Learning, English Language Arts, Mathematics, and Science educators. Brought to you by the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction and the Association of Educational Service Districts.

This year’s Early Learning focus is Developmentally Appropriate Practice. Early Learning Fellows is for any educator or educational leader who works with Preschool through Third grade classrooms. Some content will be offered asynchronously, but some live (virtual) participation will be required.

Fellows are teacher leaders who work in partnership with ESD content coordinators, OSPI Teaching and Learning leaders, and district/building and program leaders to support professional learning within their school, district, or early learning program.

Ready to join? Click the link below for more information and to apply:

Washington State Fellows Network

WaKIDS Training

WaKIDS 101 offers teachers who are new to WaKIDS an introduction to the purpose, structure, and possibility of WaKIDS in order to understand how all three components of WaKIDS help to smooth the transition into kindergarten. Participants will gain a better understanding of how observation is foundational to effective instruction and learn practical strategies for collecting, using, and sharing evidence. By the end of the session, teachers will have the basic skills to begin implementing all components of WaKIDS, including using GOLD™ by Teaching Strategies® online. With the completion of their GOLD™ by Teaching Strategies® Inter-Rater Reliability Certification, teachers will leave feeling confident and ready for fall.

Due to the recent COVID-related closures, all 2020 summer WaKids trainings will now be offered online. No on-site trainings will be held this summer. The OSPI events and training page has been and will continue to be updated. You are welcome to reach out with questions to the wakids@k12.wa.us email.

Our Early Learning Staff


Josie Komorowski

Early Learning Coordinator
josiek@ncesd.org
509-888-7043

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