We are back with another great episode of Impacting the Classroom. In this episode, our host Marnetta speaks to Keami Harris, the Chief Equity and Strategy Officer at the Early Childhood Funders Collaborative, and Dr. William Johnson, the Director of Educational Strategy at the William Caspar Graustein Memorial Fund. Together, they dive into the history of early childcare and how to support a more equitable system.
You can listen to today's episode here or read the transcript below.
State policymakers have an exciting opportunity to level the playing field for early childhood education with thoughtful system design using the newly released Preschool Development Grant Birth to Five, also known as PDG B-5. This grant provides funding to State early childhood agencies’ to strengthen early childhood systems. In particular, a portion of PDG B-5 funding is targeted for Renewal Grants—24 out of 25 eligible states are expected to be awarded funding for PDG B-5 Renewal Grants. These Renewal Grants will provide three consecutive years of funding to support activities and implementation in each state.
Moving towards a post-pandemic world, early childhood education is still in a fractured state of recovery. Numerous headlines define the inequitable foundation early childhood system is built on that limits educators’ capacity to thrive and impact children’s lives. Yet demand for early learning remains steadfast as families get back to routines in communities everywhere. How do policymakers start to level the playing field for early childhood programs with equitable policies while increasing access for families in need of high-quality care?
It’s not in question that educational efforts need more funding; the question is what to do with that
funding when it’s received. In today’s episode, Marnetta talks to one returning guest, Sarintha Stricklin,
director of the
Jefferson Early Childhood Network
in Louisiana, and Jen Roberts, CEO of
Agenda for Children. They’re going to talk about using funding, both how they’ve done it previously and what their
vision is for the future.
Listen to the episode to hear what Sarintha and Jen have to say about wh
at leaders should do when
they’re receiving education
specific funds, the successful investments they’ve seen and been part of,
and their ideas for issues like retention and compensating educators.
Feel intimidated by the idea of advocacy? Many do. Our guest on today's episode of Teaching with CLASS, Jake Stewart, explains the importance of using your voice to make change & easy ways to take action. Whether you're talking to Members of Congress, creating a TikTok, or simply talking to a family member, your voice as an educator matters.
Louisiana is leading in the way in making improvements in the lives of their students and teachers. In this episode, Marnetta meets with Nasha Patel, managing director of Watershed Advisors, and Sarintha Stricklin, early education consultant for the Jefferson Network. They discuss how leaders at the state and local level in Louisiana used CLASS® to build their QRIS and improve quality.
Teachstone hosted the How to Support Your Teachers by Improving Your Culture webinar on June 16, 2022. Led by Erin Sabina, CLASS® Consultant at Teachstone, and Keiyonna Dubashi, Executive Director at Profound Ladies and DEI Program Manager for Teachstone, this webinar focused on building a strong culture in early childhood programs.
The school year is at an end, and many educators and leaders are reflecting and planning for the future. Today’s episode is about both.
Today, Marnetta is joined in conversation with Today's guests are Kristy Umfleet, early care and education specialist at Randolph Kids, and Katherine Davis, childcare director of the Growing Place, and Amy Cubbage, president of the North Carolina Partnership of Children and lead of Smart Start North Carolina. Today's discussion focuses on how children, families, and educators in North Carolina have been impacted since the pandemic and how these leaders are planning ahead for the new school year.
Children experiencing homelessness are subject to stressors that their housed peers typically don’t experience and it is difficult for children to “leave their stressors at the door” when they come to school.
What would the perfect day look like in your classroom? When was the last time you spent time thinking about that? When was the last time you talked with your teaching team about creating a shared classroom vision? Those are big questions, and you may be wondering how to answer them. Today’s guest may be able to help.
Today, you’ll hear from Deidre Harris. Deidre serves as an educational coach for the Pyramid Model Consortium. Deidre’s worked in the early childhood field for over 25 years and has a special focus on teaching teams. Listen in to hear what she has to say about how she began to focus on teaching teams, what to do when conflict happens, and why you should write down team agreements.