School Readiness Symposium Filling Up Fast!

Registration for our School Readiness Symposium "Ready, Set, STEM!" is closing on November 18th - make sure to reserve your place today!  The Symposium features Heidi Schweingruber, PhD, Director, Board on Science Education, The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine.

Share Your Great STEM Ideas at our School Readiness Symposium Gallery Walk!

We need your help by showcasing your outstanding creative work in early childhood STEM at our School Readiness Symposium "Ready, Set, STEM!" Gallery Walk on December 6, 2016 at Turf Valley Hotel and Conference Center. Please indicate your interest by completing the form to describe a title and content of what you would like to showcase.  The Gallery Walk will be open during registration/breakfast, at the morning break, and before and after lunch.  Please submit your Gallery Walk Interest Form by October 28, 2016. 

Family Engagement in Early Childhood Website for Parents and Families and Early Childhood Provider Module Are Unveiled

Ready At Five, in partnership with the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) Division of Early Childhood Development (DECD), and the Institute of Innovation and Implementation University of Maryland School of Social Work, has developed a Family Engagement in Early Childhood website for parents and families titled "Maryland Families Ready To Connect." This website offers information to parents and families about what family engagement is, how to practice it and the benefits of building a partnership with providers and schools to support young children's school readiness. Website topics include school readiness, supporting transitions, partnering with providers, families as leaders and advocates, choosing quality child care, and learning from 0-3. The Family Engagement in Early Childhood website is available in both English and Spanish.
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New Video Explains the Value of the Kindergarten Readiness Assessment

The window for the administration of the 2016 Maryland Kindergarten Readiness Assessment (KRA) ended on October 1st.  The assessment is a tool that allows teachers to measure each child’s school readiness and to inform classroom instruction across 4 domains of learning – Social Foundations, Mathematics, Language and Literacy and Physical Well-Being and Motor Development 

The KRA provides valuable (vital) information about the readiness of children, giving teachers rich information about children’s skills, abilities and learning needs.  The individual child data guides teachers’ instruction and enables them to address any identified learning gaps of an individual child or groups of children. The KRA is a developmentally appropriate tool that provides teachers, schools, and districts with critical information and informs families about their child’s strengths and areas of need It also offers suggestions for parents to support the development of children’s skills and behaviors at home.

The results of this year’s KRA will be released on November 15th.

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