Early Childhood Education Blog
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With years of experience, our team is actively engaged and informed with the most current information, news, and research that impacts the ECE field. In this early childhood education blog, you will find regular, timely resources and posts on a range of topics.
Sometimes when you look back, it’s hard to remember how an idea started, especially an idea that today is so successful and at the same time continuing to grow and evolve. So, when did Qualistar’s idea of “symposium” begin and what does it look like now?
We have spent the last two years refining our School Age Rating and assessments for out-of-school time programs. As an organization that supports quality in every facet of the early childhood education community, we believe all children’s programming should be high quality. Our obligation to offer quality programs for children does not end when they enter Kindergarten.
Providers are acclimating to Colorado Shines QRIS, the state’s new quality rating and improvement system, and the Professional Development Information System (PDIS), the state’s new professional registry. The Family Child Care Quality Certificate project is designed to prepare family providers to be successful as they participate in the state rating system and PDIS.
“The incentives are huge, but it’s really about becoming a better educator,” Cheryl says. “College opened my world to brain development, age-appropriate behaviors and the importance of play.”
Leann Arnold, has earned her Director’s Certification. She previously earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education, and has over thirteen years of experience in the preschool classroom. “You are never too old to learn! I was feeling like I needed a new adventure in my life. Taking classes got me excited about teaching again. Children are our future and we need quality professionals to encourage and guide them.”
At Qualistar, we’re constantly looking for opportunities to support early care and education programs across Colorado. That’s why we’ve expanded our capacity to help elevate the quality of daily practices and build safe, supportive learning environments.
Qualistar has partnered with the Denver Public Library, the Denver Art Museum and the Denver Museum of Nature & Science to provide a two-part training Symposium on literacy through art and science. This series is relevant to coaches, teachers and directors who work in 2.5-year-old to 5-year-old classrooms.
“The more I complete programs like Family Child Care Quality, the more I enjoy my work and the better care I can provide to children. Since focusing on the quality of care I give, I am consistently excited about my day and my work, and now I just want to be the best I can be in the area.”
Carrie Kennedy is an experienced Family Child Care Provider and owner of Miss Carrie’s Child Care. She has held her license since 2000. “Taking classes on the college level has helped to re-excite me about what I do on a daily basis. I’m excited about doing more in my program and being able to explain to families why I’m doing these things based upon developmental theories and research.”
Qualistar is offering every family child care provider in the state a free quality site visit, a grant to invest in quality improvement and other incentives. 2016 marks the second year for this free program, called the Family Child Care Quality Certificate.