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From all of us at the Early Learning Alliance Network, know that WE MISS YOU and are so thankful for all that you are doing to support our kids and families during this challenging time! Thank you to all of our guests that contributed time to update you, your staff, and families!


Welcome to our Networking and Learn Spring Event...

the at home version!


Thank you to Mayor Scott Fadness for this message to our early learning community during this year's Week of the Young Child!


This is a video that you can share with your families! As many of you know we facilitate Kindergarten Conversations with several of our local districts. These are conversations that allow families to hear directly from teachers about the transition to kindergarten and what "school" looks like today. Thanks to our most recent teacher panel for letting us record one of our discussions. If you are interested in sharing the video, please send parents here 


Wondering about Summer?

We've been carefully monitoring guidance for summer camps. Utilizing the American Camp Association as the trusted source, the following is provided to you as guidance for summer planning.

  • The CDC advises camps to give themselves as much time as possible before making final decisions about the summer. That’s because you’ll need to use the upcoming CDC point of view in your decision-making process. Rest assured ACA keep you closely informed about when the CDC will release their guidance.
  • If you have time to wait to review the CDC guidance, expect that you’ll need to align with developments such as rapid virus testing, antibody testing, and changes in community spread.
  • Consider virtual options now, so that you can consider all scenarios. ACA's guidance can be found online here.
  • Be sure to monitor the CDC guidance here.

Thank you to the early learning leadership in Westfield Washington Schools for your update! Listen in to hear a few emerging details about progress on building a new early learning center and more! There are some incredible things happening for young children, keep an eye on the early learning programs at WWS here.

 


 

Thank you Little Miller's Preschool and Noblesville Schools for sharing this update video. What a great example of sharing your story with your community and school board! To learn more about Little Millers see their website here.


Thank you to the Indiana Department of Education for their work in supporting families and educators/caretakers of young children! See their updates via video and access the presentation they used (including URLs) here.


In the next year you will hear several of our districts talk about their work in articulating a portrait of a graduate. Dr. Susan Drumm has been investigating how these portraits come together, what they often look like, and what the hope is for students and education as these are developed at local levels. Read more about the national work on Portrait of a Graduate from our friends at Battelle for kids here.


As many of you know Hamilton Southeastern Schools is launching a new program for students. Learn from the new director, Steven Loser, about the program, opportunity for students, and dream behind this work. Read more about the program online here.


Thank you to Child Care Answers for their updates and resources. Remember that Vicki can always be contacted via email for support.

From everyone at the Alliance we thank you for everything you are doing for our kids, our communities, and for the families and educators you serve!