Early Learning

Setting Young Children Up for Success

In this feature, EDC experts Kim Netter and Mary Mackrain talk about how mental health consultants can help strengthen programs, services, and systems to better support children's social and emotional growth, well-being, and school readiness and success. Kim Netter says: "Research suggests that an early onset of mental health issues is linked to environmental factors, such as poverty, exposure to violence, and physical or emotional neglect. However, prevention work can be done and supports can be put in place early on when a mental health consultant is in the mix promoting healthy development and growth, so children can thrive in school and in life." Mary Mackrain notes: "Early childhood mental health consultation teams mental health professionals with early childhood professionals to improve the social, emotional, and behavioral health of children in child care and early education programs. The mental health consultant offers skilled observations, individualized strategies, and early identification of children with challenging behaviors that places them at risk for expulsion. The key is that services must be provided by mental health experts who have worked with children under age five."

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Mon, 01/23/2017

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Meeting Children’s Unmet Needs through Strategic Partnerships

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Jessica Auerbach specializes in strategic planning, implementation, and evaluation of early childhood comprehensive systems that coordinate all child- and family-serving programs to strengthen services and improve outcomes. As a member of the Home Visiting Impact Improvement Center Team (HV-ImpACT), Jessica is providing technical assistance to Federal Home Visiting Program awardees as they implement evidence-based home visiting models to support families and enhance young children’s health, well-being, and school readiness. Previously, as the Senior Program Manager for Young Child Wellness at the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, Jessica received technical assistance from Education Development Center (EDC), Zero to Three, AIR, and Georgetown University through Project LAUNCH (Linking Actions for Unmet Needs in Children’s Health). With five other Project LAUNCH grantees, Jessica has co-authored a new e-book that shares the impacts of Project LAUNCH in these communities. In this post, Jessica reflects on the important role that strategic partnerships play both in her current work as an EDC technical assistance provider and in her prior work in the Project LAUNCH initiative.

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Center on Enhancing Early Learning Outcomes: Year 4 Evaluation Report

Fri, 12/30/2016

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This report to the U.S. Department of Education on the work of EDC and its partners in the Center on Enhancing Early Learning Outcomes (CEELO) presents the impact of CEELO’s work in FY 2016. The CEELO initiative “exceeded most targets regarding number, type, quality, relevance and usefulness of activities completed during the year.”

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Correct Answer, Wrong Question: Theory of Mind in a Mathematics Class

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Paul Goldenberg has over 40 years of experience in K–12 mathematics curriculum development, research, and professional development. He leads a wide range of EDC projects that foster a love of and enthusiasm for mathematics in learners from early childhood through adulthood, and has taught self-contained elementary (Grades 2 and 4), middle and high school mathematics, and college and graduate school mathematics and psychology. In this post, part  of a series that invites readers to take a look inside children's mathematics explorations and epiphanies, Paul challenges us to consider whether children are giving us the wrong answers OR we are asking children the wrong questions. 

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Maria Velasquez

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Maria Velasquez

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María Velásquez has a wealth of experience in the fields of early childhood education, K-12 education, and health, along with expertise in providing innovative, effective, and responsive training and professional development. Driven by her deep commitment to improve the quality of early childhood programs, she brings extensive knowledge of effective assessment, evaluation, research, use of technology to enhance teaching and learning, program management, and policy reform to all of her early childhood development work at EDC.

Velásquez is advancing the goals of EDC's Center for Early Learning Professionals in Rhode Island. She specializes is providing bilingual, bi-literate (Spanish/English) professional development and technical assistance to early education programs that are interested in improving their services for children and families and progressing along RI’s quality continuum. In this capacity, she works closely with EDC's Center for Early Learning Professionals team, as well as the RI Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, the RI Department of Human Services, the RI Department of Health, the RI Department of Children, Youth, and Families, BrightStars, and Rhode Island's early childhood care and education programs.

Previously, Velásquez was a State of Rhode Island Programming Services Officer/Contract Manager, in which capacity she served as the state's liaison to EDC on the Race to the Top – Early Learning Challenge contract of $17.5M. For nine years, she was the Director of Education Services for WSBE-RI PBS. She introduced video-streamed technology and online curriculum in RI’s classrooms increasing teacher capacity of classroom virtual learning, technology use, and knowledge of curriculum standards. She also participated in the development of the National Digital Library funded by PBS and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. She began her career as a Program Manager for Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Rhode Island, where she had an early start in programming and quality management operations.

Velásquez earned a BS in Psychology from Rhode Island College, an MA in Education from the University of Rhode Island, and an EdD in Educational Leadership from Johnson & Wales University.

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Training and Technical Assistance Associate II

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535 Centerville Road, Suite 201
Warwick, RI  02886

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401-734-1292

Waves of Change: Using Interactive Audio Instruction to Support the Hardest to Reach

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Rachel Christina, PhD, designs, implements, and evaluates research-based education initiatives around the world, with emphases on early childhood development, literacy, school quality improvement, and teacher and school leader professional development. Currently, Rachel leads EDC’s Basic Education and Literacy technical team. In this capacity, she has overseen the refinement and strategic rollout of EDC’s signature Read Right Now! literacy program and has advanced the worldwide use of EDC’s highly effective interactive audio instruction methodology for reaching the most disadvantaged children with early childhood programming. In this blog post, Rachel explains why it is vital for all young children to be able to access high-quality early childhood programs, and describes the powerful role that EDC’s approach to interactive audio instruction can play in providing high-quality, cost-effective early childhood programs at scale.

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New Evidence: The Impact of Community Partnerships

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David Jacobson works with states, districts, and communities to improve early education and care for low-income children and their families. He specializes in building effective prenatal through Grade 3 (P–3) systems with the aim of closing achievement gaps, addressing inequality, and building strong communities. Jacobson brings extensive experience in early childhood education, school improvement, and strategic planning to his work as a senior technical assistance specialist for the Center on Enhancing Early Learning Outcomes. He is also leading a team in providing technical assistance to Rhode Island’s Supporting Kindergarten Teaching and Learning initiative. In this post, excerpted from a longer piece published on the P-3 Learning Hub, David discusses new evidence on the powerful role that community partnerships can play in improving services and outcomes for young children and their families and connects the evidence to his Working Theory of Action for P-3 Community Partnerships.

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Ella in Kindergarten: Building on Strengths

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Paul Goldenberg has over 40 years of experience in K–12 mathematics curriculum development, research, and professional development. He leads a wide range of EDC projects that foster a love of and enthusiasm for mathematics in learners from early childhood through adulthood, and has taught self-contained elementary (Grades 2 and 4), middle and high school mathematics, and college and graduate school mathematics and psychology. In this post, part  of a series that invites readers to take a look inside children's early mathematics explorations and epiphanies, Paul discusses the rich mathematics learning that occurs when you follow children's leads and build upon their strengths. 

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Oral and Written Mathematics: A Story from Kindergarten

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Paul Goldenberg has over 40 years of experience in K–12 mathematics curriculum development, research, and professional development. He leads a wide range of EDC projects that foster a love of and enthusiasm for mathematics in learners from early childhood through adulthood, and has taught self-contained elementary (Grades 2 and 4), middle and high school mathematics, and college and graduate school mathematics and psychology. In this post, the first in a series that will invite readers to take a look inside children's early mathematics explorations and epiphanies, Paul describes the connection between oral and written mathematics through the eyes of six-year-old Aaron.

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Friday Cafe: Engaging Families

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11/04/2016
Stratford, CT

From 8:30 to 10:30 a.m., Jessica Lavorgna will be the guest speaker at the Community and Family Engagement Friday Cafe. Jessica will present the talk, "Building Bridges Together: Culturally Responsive Family Engagement" and share her tip sheet, "5 Key Practices and 10 Ideas for Educators to Assist with Culturally Responsive Family Engagement."

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