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Back to School: Who is caring for your young children?


September 2, 2015

Valora Washington is the founder and president of the CAYL Institute in Boston ( cayl.org ), and CEO of the CDA Council for Professional Recognition. She’s the author of hundreds of articles and several books about early education, including a new one: The New Early Childhood Professional. It’s back to school time! Those words usually invoke thoughts…

#TeachersCanBeLeaders!


August 28, 2015 Workforce

Steven Hicks serves as Senior Policy Advisor in the Office of Early Learning at the U.S. Department of Education. Mr. Hicks first began in the Department as a Teaching Ambassador Fellow, having taught preschool through third grade in Los Angeles, California. He has helped shape the Department’s birth to third grade early learning agenda and…

Building Leadership in the Community


August 19, 2015

By Maxine M. Maloney, MPA, Program Manager, Arlington County Department of Human Services, Virginia, Child and Family Services. Since 2013, Maxine has been the Program Manager for Child Care Services; where she is responsible for Child Care Licensing and Project Family. Maxine has over 20 years of experience in early care and education from teaching,…

It’s Time to Make ECE’s Promise a Reality


August 12, 2015

By Stacie Goffin, Ed.D.  Stacie Goffin is Principal of the Goffin Strategy Group, which is dedicated to building early childhood education’s ability to provide effective programs and services for young children through leadership, capacity, and systems development. Stacie is also the author of several seminal publications, including the recently released Professionalizing Early Childhood Education as a Field of Practice: A…

Unifying, Defining, and Owning the Profession


August 6, 2015

By Jacqueline Jones, PhD, President/CEO, The Foundation for Child Development The past 10 years have seen unprecedented federal, state and local attention to the education and healthy development of young children. Government resources have been targeted to support such efforts as home visiting programs, high-quality preschool, research on the effectiveness of early learning and development programs,…

On leadership and listening


August 4, 2015

  Author Susan R. Andersen is an early childhood advisor, formally with the Iowa Department of Education. She has served on the Board of Directors of NAEYC, NAECS-SDE, Council for Professional Recognition and as a National Head Start Fellow. She has taught students in Head Start, Kindergarten and the early primary grades, college students and supervised student…

Early Childhood Education and leadership in schools


July 28, 2015 Workforce

By Eleanor J. Shirley, MA, CSW, Nebraska Department of Education, Office of Early Childhood. In October of 2013, Eleanor was appointed Director of the Nebraska Early Childhood Quality Rating and Improvement System, Step Up to Quality, legislated by the Nebraska Unicameral in June 2013. Prior to October 1, 2013, she served as Director of the Nebraska Head…

Birth-3rd and Leadership: Steve Tozer’s message to the Birth-3rd Community


July 22, 2015

This is a post from July 1 on  The Birth Through Third Grade Learning Hub , by David Jacobson. It is the first post in our next forum on Leadership in Early Education. Follow us for the next few weeks, and please weigh in with your comments and opinions, as we explore this issue from a range of perspectives. Research shows that…

P-12 Alignment: Collaboration and Communication in Louisiana


June 24, 2015 AccessWorkforce

As part of an ongoing series of interviews with leaders in early childhood education, CEELO spoke with Jenna Conway, Assistant Superintendent, Early Childhood Education, Louisiana Department of Education, about their process of implementing major changes in Louisiana’s early childhood program. We focused on how they are enhancing leadership at every level. What is the scope of change occurring in…

The State of Preschool 2015: Please join the conversation


June 17, 2015 Access

This year at the CEELO Roundtable in New Orleans, Steve Barnett talked about the findings reported in The State of Preschool 2014. He noted that we might be considered to be “on the sunny side of the street,” at the moment: quality is up in some states, Mississippi has a program, more children are enrolled. However:…