Click here for the January edition of the Early Learning Program Updates, which provides important Early Childhood Education news and information for administrators, teachers, families and community members.
Happy New Year! We hope everyone had a restful winter break. Much like the anticipation of spring during this time of year, kindergarten is an exciting time for young children and the educators who teach them. Throughout the school year, you witness the growing competence of the children you teach. As the children's skills develop, they are able to express and demonstrate an array of emerging skills. As a result of your efforts and their efforts every day, the children in your classroom establish the skills necessary to succeed in school.
Please take time to read and share these news articles in this January edition, which provides additional information to support you in closing out the 2016-2017 school year and to prepare for the 2017-2018 school year.
- Kindergarten Reminders
- Ohio’s Kindergarten Readiness Assessment
- Using the KRA: Individual Student Reports (ISRs), Scale Score Reports, EMIS Reporting, & Family Resources
- Using the KRA: Third Grade Reading Guarantee
- Ohio’s KRA: What to expect in 2017 and 2018
- What’s My Role? OEDS Role Management in 2017
- Programs to Secure KRA Kits for Re-Use in 2017
- KRA Training Required
- KRA Released Data
- Chartered Nonpublic Schools to begin using KRA-2018
Building on prior successful partnerships to promote early brain and language development and early STEM education, today, the U.S. Departments of Education and Health and Human Services are joining with Too Small to Fail to release a Fostering Healthy Social and Emotional Development in Young Children Toolkit on social and emotional development. All of the resources feature examples of simple actions to take, some of which caregivers might be doing already, such as maintaining consistent routines for young children.
As you may regularly witness first-hand, birth defects can have far-reaching effects on the lives of children and families. While many unknown factors can play a role in the occurrence of birth defects, infection prevention is one of the simple steps we can all work together on.
Print out “Prevent to Protect Prevent Infections for Baby’s Protection” to raise awareness of the connection between infections and birth defects.
Resources to support your conversations with families are available through the BrightFutures.org and HealthyChildren.org websites.
Preschool and school age child care programs that the Ohio Department of Education oversees will use a new program licensing and quality rating system beginning on Monday, Jan. 30.
The new system allows external users to control and maintain who in their organization has access. To be ready for the Jan. 30 launch, please set up roles now for those in your district or school who work with these programs. Click here for instructions.
For general questions regarding the new system or setting OEDS roles, please contact the Office of Early Learning and School Readiness at (614) 752-1151 or or email OELSR.firstname.lastname@example.org for preschool or SACC licensing role questions or SUTQ@education.ohio.gov for Step Up To Quality role questions.