CAYL Institute’s 10th Anniversary and Related Resources

Congratulations to Dr. Valora Washington and the CAYL Institute on its 10th anniversary. Its community of practice now includes over 600 fellows. I attended the anniversary celebration a couple of weeks ago, where the strength of its fellows network was very much in evidence. See the summaries of the keynote speakers comments in the newsletter below. In addition to links in the newsletter to MassBudget’s Children’s Budget site and the Subprime Learning reports, see these resources from MassBudget and the New America Foundation:

Building a Foundation for Success (MassBudget)

Report Finds Limited Support for Early Ed in School Turnarounds (New America Foundation)

School Year Begins, States Enhance PreK-3rd Continuum with Race to the Top Funds (New America Foundation)

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Congratulations to Dr. Valora Washington and the CAYL Institute on its 10th anniversary. Its community of practice now includes over 600 fellows. I attended the anniversary celebration a couple of weeks ago, where the strength of its fellows network was very much in evidence. See the summaries of the keynote speakers comments in the excerpted newsletter below. In addition to links in the newsletter to MassBudget’s Children’s Budget site and the Subprime Learning reports, see these resources from MassBudget and the New America Foundation:

CAYL Institute Special Newsletter

1 0 th A N N I V E R S A R Y
S A N K O F A   C E L E B R A T I O N
…looking back while moving forward
The CAYL Institute’s 10th Anniversary Sankofa Celebration was held on Wednesday, September 10, 2014 at Wheelock College. Co-chaired by Wheelock College president Jackie Jenkins-Scott and CAYLPresident Dr. Valora Washington, this special event sought to analyze past, present, and future realities for the field while recognizing the people who work tirelessly to ensure a better tomorrow for all young children in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. The event was composed of two parts —  a symposium proceeded by a reception.

T H E    S A N K O F A
S Y M P O S I U M

G U E S T    S P E A K E R S  

Carol Nolan, Director of Policy for the Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care

Chrissy Pruitt, Principal of Jefferson Elementary School in Rockland andCAYL Fellow

From left to right: Marie Enochty, Dr. Valora Washington,
Laura Bornfreund, and Chrissy Pruitt

From left to right: Chrissy Pruitt, Jackie Jenkins-ScottCarol Nolan, Dr. Valora Washington,
Laura Bornfreund, and Jeff Bernstein
K E Y N O T E    S P E A K E R S

Jeff Bernstein, Senior Policy Analyst at the Massachusetts Budget and Policy Center

Jeff discussed the Massachusetts state budget for early education in the past decade, the present realities for Massachusetts, and MassBudget’s recommendations for the future in his presentation “State Budget and Funding for Early Education.”

Future approaches and strategies analyzed included:

  • Implementing a public/private hybrid model for ECE
  • Expanding universal ECE programs in the public schools
  • Utilizing and expanding access of private providers for low income children

For more information, visit children.massbudget.org and follow MassBudget on twitter @massbudget.

Laura Bornfreund, the Deputy Director for New America’s Early Childhood Initiative

Laura discussed the findings and implications of her research pertinent to the national landscape of ECE by discussing her works Subprime Learning: Early Education in America since the Great Recession(January 2014) and Beyond Subprime Learning: Accelerating Progress in Early Education (July 2014).

Recommendations for the future included:

  • A stronger focus on teaching and learning, and especially on improving the quality of interactions between adults and children;
  • Bridge the continuum birth – 3rd grade;
  • Professionalize and improve the workforce;
  • Emphasize families;
  • Embrace children’s multiple languages as assets;
  • Rethink standards and assessment to between coordinate teaching and learning;
  • Improve accountability systems to promote learning and development;
  • Collect and use data responsibly and soundly; and
  • Use implementation science and openness.
(from Laura’s presentation: “Subprime Learning and Beyond”)

Follow Laura on twitter @lbornfreund or visit her blog at edcentral.org

Expanding Prekindergarten, Not Forgetting Kindergarten

Is New York City Mayor Bill De Blasio’s method for expanding Pre-K a model for other cities?
Six experts’ views on the implications of NYC’s PreK expansion for other cities.

The View from 3 Feet
4 year-old experts talk about the value of preschool in this video, a project of the Massachusetts-based Schott Foundation’s National Opportunity to Learn Campaign.

As Preschool Ascends, Is Kindergarten Being Left Behind? 
Education Week’s Christina Samuels asks, “But what about kindergarten? Does the focus on preschool mean that we are already providing a consistent, high-quality option for the first “official” year of school?”

The Case for the New Kindergarten: Challenging and Playful
And in case you missed it, see this commentary by the authors of a recent kindergarten study:

Beyond Subprime Learning: Accelerating Progress in Early Education

Beyond SubprimeBe sure not to miss this important policy brief from the Early Education Initiative at the New America Foundation: Beyond Subprime Learning: Accelerating Progress in Early Education.

The report presents a vision for early education (on page 3) and 8 overarching actions for realizing that vision:

  1. Bridge the Continuum: Streamline Systems Across the Birth-through-Third-Grade Years
  2. Upgrade Educators: Professionalize and Improve the Early Education Workforce
  3. Emphasize Families: Develop Dual-Generation Strategies for Children’s Success
  4. Intentionally Support Dual-Language Learners: Embrace Children’s Languages as Assets
  5. Rethink Standards and Assessment: Coordinate Teaching and Learning for Young Children
  6. Strengthen and Improve Accountability Systems: Promote Children’s Learning and Development
  7. Collect and Use Data Responsibly: Inform Educators and Policymakers
  8. Bring Research Closer to Policy and Practice: Use Implementation Science and Openness

New State Website on Birth-Third Policy

The Executive Office of Education has created a new website: Building the Foundation for College and Career Success for Children from Birth through Grade 3

According to the announcement,

We designed this website to achieve two goals: first, it will serve as a resource for educators from birth through postsecondary education, policymakers, municipal and state officials; legislators, community and business representatives; and other stakeholders regarding the development and implementation of exciting strategies in Massachusetts; and second, it will serve as an important tool for sharing information about our work and highlighting upcoming activities and events.

And from the website:

Massachusetts is developing a birth through grade 3 policy agenda, one that builds on our ongoing efforts to create a public education system that supports our children from birth through postsecondary education.  By creating this agenda, we will enhance the quality of educational and other services provided to children and families and also increase policy alignment and collaboration among our state education agencies – the Department of Early Education and Care, the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, and the Department of Higher Education.  Lastly, we will strengthen essential partnerships with educators, parents and families, local and state officials, legislators, community and business partners, and other members of the Commonwealth community, which will enable us to make an even stronger commitment to our children.

Check out the website for additional information on Massachusetts’ emerging Birth-Third policy agenda.