State Advisory Council Birth to Age 8 Assessment, Screening, and Curriculum Support and Alignment

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State Advisory Council Birth to Age 8 Assessment, Screening, and Curriculum Support and Alignment. Summary Presentation for the Board of Early Education and Care September 2012. SAC Birth to 8 Community Planning: Rural Community Support Grant. Two Core Functions of the Grant
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State Advisory Council Birth to Age 8 Assessment, Screening, and Curriculum Support and AlignmentSummary Presentation for the Board of Early Education and CareSeptember 2012SAC Birth to 8 Community Planning: Rural Community Support Grant
  • Two Core Functions of the Grant
  • Community Strategic Planning:  One-time grants to selected Coordinated Family and Community Engagement (CFCE) grantees serving communities to support community birth through age 8 (“B-8”) three year strategic plans, anchored in local data. 
  • Plans are to be based on child and family needs and the quality and effectiveness of B-8 aligned systems linking local schools, local providers, and families through grants to communities.
  • Birth to 8 Assessment, Screening, and Curriculum Support and Alignment:  One-time grants to non-profit entities serving communities in partnership with public school, public school districts, and/or a charter school serving children pre-kindergarten to third grade, to support assessment, screening, and curriculum support and alignment within the communities.
  • Timeframe and Applicants
  • Timeframe: July 2012 – October 31, 2012
  • Six programs for birth to 8 Assessment and Screening category ($30,000)
  • Six grantees were awarded $5,000 each for Birth to Eight:
  • Barnstable
  • Fall River
  • Gill Montague
  • Malden
  • New Bedford
  • Taunton
  • SAC: Core goals
  • Facilitate dialogue among local entities (i.e., public schools and early education alignment and a shared understanding of curriculum, assessment, and screening practices and care programs, including out-of-school time providers) to support the trainings in the communities served;
  • Make clear, specific recommendations on assessment and screening tools and practices that will support alignment; and
  • Develop a plan for coordinated assessment, screening, and curriculum alignment that will best support children and families in the communities served across the mixed delivery system.
  • Activities Achieved to Date:
  • Held focus groups to integrate effective systems of assessment, early childhood curriculum, and screening alignment to serve children birth through age eight
  • Secured consultants
  • Completed Community Resource Guide
  • Panelists:
  • David Thomas, Barnstable Public School Early Education & Care Coordinator
  • Rita Celia, CFCE Coordinator for Triumph, Inc. in Taunton
  • Dr. Anne McKenzie, Executive Director at the Lower Pioneer Valley Educational Collaborative.
  • Rural Community Support Grantee
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