Save the Date – Region 10 Early Childhood Summer Conference

Now4ForeverThe Region 10 Team is hard at work planning our 2016 Summer Conference – Now4Forever: Full S.T.E.A.M. Ahead! The event will be held July 26-28 and is an exciting time for individuals involved the field of early childhood to come together and gain valuable knowledge.

Once again, we are holding the event simultaneously at two locations for your convenience. Nationally known experts in the field as well as local favorites will present information on various pertinent topics focusing on the education of young children from birth through age five.

Registration for the event will open in late spring. In the meantime, be sure to save the date so that you don’t miss out on this fun learning experience! More information is located at the following link: http://www.region10.org/preschool-services/information/now4forever-preschool-summer-event/

Please mark this link as a favorite as it will be updated regularly!

Kelley Estes-Jones

Kelley Estes-Jones

I am Kelley Estes-Jones, an educator with a special interest in helping young children with and without disabilities, their families, and their educational teams build a solid foundation for future learning and overall success. With a strong foundation built upon developmentally appropriate practices, each child has the opportunity rise to a highly successful future within an inclusive environment. As a consultant on the Preschool Services Team at Region 10 Education Service Center, I am realizing my dream of keeping an eye on preschool and helping children, educators, and families build our future.

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House Bill 4 – Guiding the Implementation

Pre-KEarlier this year, House Bill 4 was passed by the 84th Texas Legislature and signed into law by Governor Abbott. House Bill 4 is related to High Quality Prekindergarten and The Texas Education Agency is seeking input from stakeholders to help guide the implementation of this legislation. In light of this, Region 10 ESC is holding a stakeholders meeting this Friday, November 20, 9:00-2:00. Input will be gathered on multiple topics including: High Quality Prekindergarten Grant Program Implementation, Curriculum, Proposed Pre-K Guidelines, Teacher Qualifications, Professional Development, Family Engagement, and Diagnostic Assessments. We have a few seats left for this opportunity, so it is not too late for you to get involved! Here is the link to registration: HB 4 Stakeholders Meeting. If you plan to attend this event, please bring your own laptop if possible. Lunch and substitute reimbursement (if applicable) will be provided.

Kelley Estes-Jones

Kelley Estes-Jones

I am Kelley Estes-Jones, an educator with a special interest in helping young children with and without disabilities, their families, and their educational teams build a solid foundation for future learning and overall success. With a strong foundation built upon developmentally appropriate practices, each child has the opportunity rise to a highly successful future within an inclusive environment. As a consultant on the Preschool Services Team at Region 10 Education Service Center, I am realizing my dream of keeping an eye on preschool and helping children, educators, and families build our future.

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Bullying in Preschool

RecessIt seems that bullying is something that is ever-present in the news these days. At what point does bullying-type of behavior start to occur? Child Trends published a research brief this month on the topic of bullying behavior in preschool. The brief summarizes the “developmental trajectory” that leads to bullying behavior and poses theories about what elements play a role in contributing to bullying behavior. Additionally, the brief highlights strategies and evidence-based models to intervene in this behavior and attempt to alleviate the development of aggression in early childhood. Read more here: http://www.childtrends.org/?publications=bullies-in-the-block-area-the-early-childhood-origins-of-mean-behavior

Kelley Estes-Jones

Kelley Estes-Jones

I am Kelley Estes-Jones, an educator with a special interest in helping young children with and without disabilities, their families, and their educational teams build a solid foundation for future learning and overall success. With a strong foundation built upon developmentally appropriate practices, each child has the opportunity rise to a highly successful future within an inclusive environment. As a consultant on the Preschool Services Team at Region 10 Education Service Center, I am realizing my dream of keeping an eye on preschool and helping children, educators, and families build our future.

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What Pet Should I Get?

This Just In - BooksDid you hear the big news?!? A recently discovered Dr. Seuss book went on sale this week! The release of this new book comes 25 years after the author’s last work, “Oh, The Places You’ll Go!”

The book is entitled “What Pet Should I Get?” and features the same brother and sister pair that we met in the 1960 Dr. Seuss classic, “One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish.” The fun plot of this new story shows these siblings contemplating their options during a trip to the pet store.

Dr. Seuss, whose real name was Theodor Geisel, died in 1991 at the age of 87. It is reported that his widow, Audrey Geisel, discovered this manuscript and accompanying illustrations at their home shortly after his passing. At that time, however, these items were packed away only to be rediscovered just two years ago by Mrs. Geisel and Claudia Prescott (Dr. Seuss’s and longtime secretary).

For Seuss fans, this release was an exciting and much anticipated occurrence! By the way, do you think there will be another Seuss book in our future? Be sure to stay tuned as it is rumored that even more treasures were discovered in his home! We’ll just have to wait and see how many more places we might go with Dr. Seuss!

Kelley Estes-Jones

Kelley Estes-Jones

I am Kelley Estes-Jones, an educator with a special interest in helping young children with and without disabilities, their families, and their educational teams build a solid foundation for future learning and overall success. With a strong foundation built upon developmentally appropriate practices, each child has the opportunity rise to a highly successful future within an inclusive environment. As a consultant on the Preschool Services Team at Region 10 Education Service Center, I am realizing my dream of keeping an eye on preschool and helping children, educators, and families build our future.

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Summer Conference

N4F - BusNow4ForeverLast week, Region 10 Preschool Services conducted our big Summer Event! This year, our theme was Now4Forever, emphasizing the impact that the early childhood years have on the future.

Our presenters included experts from the field of early childhood education and included national experts, local favorites, and current school practitioners. Topics addressed were trauma-informed schools, challenging behavior, literacy, math, autism, best practices, high-quality Pre-K, English Language Learners, sensory integration, and overall health and well-being. This year’s event also held many “firsts” for us:

  • We took two of our historic events, Pre-K Boot Camp and the Early Childhood Summer Institute and combined them for a “mashup” event.
  • We held this large conference with over 300 participants in two locations simultaneously so that participants would not have to travel quite so far to attend the event!
  • The event was held in two school districts. We are thankful to Lancaster ISD for hosting our event in the south and McKinney ISD for hosting our event in the north!
  • We had a live Twitter feed going throughout the conference (#R10Now4Forever) and participants tweeted comments and pictures!

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Overall it was a fun, informative event and we have received much positive feedback! We hope you attended last week but if you didn’t, make sure to be on the lookout for our summer event in 2016. Also, we hope to see you at our events throughout the 2015-2016 school year!

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Kelley Estes-Jones

Kelley Estes-Jones

I am Kelley Estes-Jones, an educator with a special interest in helping young children with and without disabilities, their families, and their educational teams build a solid foundation for future learning and overall success. With a strong foundation built upon developmentally appropriate practices, each child has the opportunity rise to a highly successful future within an inclusive environment. As a consultant on the Preschool Services Team at Region 10 Education Service Center, I am realizing my dream of keeping an eye on preschool and helping children, educators, and families build our future.

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Happy 50th, Head Start!

Head Start 50Fifty years ago today, President Lyndon Johnson launched Project Head Start. In his speech from the Rose Garden of the White House, he referred to Head Start as “one of the most exciting programs that this Nation has ever undertaken.” This project had the goal of providing the most at-risk preschool children and their families with comprehensive services designed to help them be school-ready. Head Start programs were “developed by local communities to meet local needs and shaped by the leadership of parents and volunteers.” Fifty years later, the core values of the Head Start program remain intact. Learn more about Head Start’s 50 years of history at http://eclkc.ohs.acf.hhs.gov/hslc/hs/50th-anniversary

Also, did you know that Region 10 Education Service Center is a grantee for Head Start and Early Head Start? Currently, Region 10 is in partnership with 19 school districts for Head Start and 3 school districts for Early Head Start! To learn more about Region 10 Preschool Services, including the Head Start and Early Head Start programs, please click the following link: http://www.region10.org/preschool-services/index/

Kelley Estes-Jones

Kelley Estes-Jones

I am Kelley Estes-Jones, an educator with a special interest in helping young children with and without disabilities, their families, and their educational teams build a solid foundation for future learning and overall success. With a strong foundation built upon developmentally appropriate practices, each child has the opportunity rise to a highly successful future within an inclusive environment. As a consultant on the Preschool Services Team at Region 10 Education Service Center, I am realizing my dream of keeping an eye on preschool and helping children, educators, and families build our future.

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State of Preschool 2014Earlier this week, the National Institute of Early Education Research (NIEER) released the “State of Preschool 2014” report. This report, studying programs for the 2013-2014 school year, focuses on state-funded prekindergarten programs throughout the United States. NIEER has been conducting this research and providing these yearly reports for over a decade.

According to information in the report regarding access to state-funded prekindergarten, Texas ranked 9th overall and was serving 52% of 4-year-olds. Additionally, Texas programs enrolled 6% of the state’s 3-year-olds and ranked 13th in this area.

In regard to funding, Texas ranks 29th in the nation for state spending per child. In regard to quality, the Texas program met 2 of NIEER’s 10 quality standards benchmarks. A couple of factors contributing to this rating are the lack of limits on prekindergarten class size and student-teacher ratio.

This topic has been a high priority for Governor Abbott and an area of focus in the current Texas legislative session.  As noted in a previous blog and related to high-quality prekindergarten, House Bill 4 passed both houses of congress last week. House Bill 4 would provide increased funding to school districts that adopt additional quality standards for prekindergarten programs.

Click the following link to access the report: State of Preschool 2014

Kelley Estes-Jones

Kelley Estes-Jones

I am Kelley Estes-Jones, an educator with a special interest in helping young children with and without disabilities, their families, and their educational teams build a solid foundation for future learning and overall success. With a strong foundation built upon developmentally appropriate practices, each child has the opportunity rise to a highly successful future within an inclusive environment. As a consultant on the Preschool Services Team at Region 10 Education Service Center, I am realizing my dream of keeping an eye on preschool and helping children, educators, and families build our future.

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Texas Legislature – Prekindergarten Bill

Pre-KLast Thursday, the Texas Senate passed House Bill 4 regarding high-quality prekindergarten provided by Texas Public Schools. Be sure to check out additional information about HB 4 at the links below. It will be interesting to see what happens next!

Texas Legislature Online can be searched for various bills of interest. It is also possible to sign up for and receive updates and alerts regarding bills of interest. Specifically search the site for HB4 in order to review the history of the bill including the various stages it has gone through to this point, read the bill in its entirety, and review the amendments to the bill: http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/Home.aspx

According to the State Senate Report, a number of changes were made to the bill by the Senate before returning it to the House. It will be now be up to House to either accept the amendments made to the bill by the Senate or request a conference committee to resolve the differences between the two versions. Read a synopsis of the bill and more on Texas Senate News: http://www.senate.state.tx.us/75r/senate/new.htm

To read Governor Abbott’s Press Release regarding the Senate’s passage of HB4, click on the following link: http://gov.texas.gov/news/press-release/20850

Kelley Estes-Jones

Kelley Estes-Jones

I am Kelley Estes-Jones, an educator with a special interest in helping young children with and without disabilities, their families, and their educational teams build a solid foundation for future learning and overall success. With a strong foundation built upon developmentally appropriate practices, each child has the opportunity rise to a highly successful future within an inclusive environment. As a consultant on the Preschool Services Team at Region 10 Education Service Center, I am realizing my dream of keeping an eye on preschool and helping children, educators, and families build our future.

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AUTISM COHORT – CALL FOR APPLICATIONS

autismAs part of a grant from Texas Education Agency, Region 13 is offering no cost professional development in Evidence-Based Practices (EBPs) used with students having autism spectrum disorders (ASD). This professional development will be offered through the Autism Circuit and Region 13 is seeking 400 educators across the state of Texas to be a part of this unique cohort of educators. Participants taking advantage of this opportunity will earn 60 CEUs in 9 months as well as a $500 stipend to be disbursed in May 2016 if all program requirements are met.

Time period: September 2015 ­ through May 2016

Application deadline: August 10, 2015

Audience: Special Education Teachers, General Education Teachers, Campus and District Specialists, Para-Educators, Speech Language Pathologists, Occupational Therapists, and other interested local education agency (LEA) staff.

For more information and to access the application, visit http://p1.pagewiz.net/autismcircuit/

Kelley Estes-Jones

Kelley Estes-Jones

I am Kelley Estes-Jones, an educator with a special interest in helping young children with and without disabilities, their families, and their educational teams build a solid foundation for future learning and overall success. With a strong foundation built upon developmentally appropriate practices, each child has the opportunity rise to a highly successful future within an inclusive environment. As a consultant on the Preschool Services Team at Region 10 Education Service Center, I am realizing my dream of keeping an eye on preschool and helping children, educators, and families build our future.

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Film Screening This Thursday

early learningThe University of Texas, Dallas is hosting a movie screening and panel discussion this Thursday evening. The Raising of America is a six-part documentary series examining the importance of early childhood development. It explores how a strong start for all our kids can lead to a healthier, stronger, and more equitable America. The screening on Thursday evening highlights one episode in the series, “Once Upon a Time: When Childcare for All Wasn’t Just a Fairytale.”

This screening is sponsored by the Center for Children and Families. The project is a joint partnership with the Texas Association for Infant Mental Health (TAIMH), United Way of Metropolitan Dallas, Commit! Partnership, and TEDxSMU.

For more information, please click the following link: http://ccf.utdallas.edu/programs-resources/raising-of-america-film-series

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kelley Estes-Jones

Kelley Estes-Jones

I am Kelley Estes-Jones, an educator with a special interest in helping young children with and without disabilities, their families, and their educational teams build a solid foundation for future learning and overall success. With a strong foundation built upon developmentally appropriate practices, each child has the opportunity rise to a highly successful future within an inclusive environment. As a consultant on the Preschool Services Team at Region 10 Education Service Center, I am realizing my dream of keeping an eye on preschool and helping children, educators, and families build our future.

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