Through the month of October, Teachstone recognized Head Start Awareness Month by celebrating Head Start educators and asking for your stories of how the program changed your life - either as a graduate or an educator. Your submissions did not disappoint. We were blown away by your testaments. To share your powerful stories, we compiled a short book full of your experiences and fun facts about the power of Head Start.
Do you want to share your story? Even though Head Start Awareness Month is coming to a close, you can always celebrate the impact this program has on families around the United States. Share your story using #myHeadStart on your favorite social media platform. And, don't forget to thank the hardworking educators who are making a difference in children's lives every day.
And, if you work in a Head Start program, you may be interested in our upcoming webinars. Don't miss the following opportunities to learn more about how to improve interactions in the classroom and how Teachstone supports Head Start educators.
On November 9, at 3 p.m. EDT, join us to discuss ways to stay consistent in your teaching practice and how to feel more confident throughout the school year.
In this webinar, you’ll learn more about how to support your commitment to quality in your Head Start program. We'll talk all things CLASS and Head Start. Submit your questions ahead of time. Our CLASS consultants will answer the most frequently asked questions during this event.
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On Thursday, September 23, the Office of Head Start (OHS) announced it would not resume monitoring in January 2022 as it had previously stated. Dr. Bernadine Futrell, PhD, director of the Office of Head Start explained during a broadcast that, ”CLASS reviews will not be conducted during the fiscal year 2022 monitoring season...We are following the highest safety precautions possible as we enter in different programs to do the monitoring.”
Knowing that approximately 25% of children under 5 come from homes where Spanish is the predominant language spoken, we were pleased that Lisa White, a researcher at American Institutes for Research, was willing to speak with us about her study that compared the CLASS with the CASEBA, a tool designed to assess quality in classrooms serving dual language learners. To learn more, read on!
On Wednesday, September 23, the Office of Head Start (OHS) announced that it will be suspending CLASS reviews for Fiscal Year (FY) 2021. We sincerely hope this news relieves some of the stress our Head Start partners have felt as they grapple with new challenges related to pandemic conditions.
It is also our hope that programs will use this time to provide specific CLASS support to staff in order to strengthen interactions, regardless of the delivery model in which they are serving children.