On June 7–8, SECC early childhood Project Lead Kathleen Theodore attended the annual CEELO Roundtable Meeting. The theme of this year’s roundtable was “Leading for Change in Early Education,” which focused on building state education agency (SEA) leaders and early childhood specialists’ to utilize and provide leadership on evidence-based practices to support effective, high-performing early childhood systems from birth to third grade. Theodore participated in networking activities with SEA early childhood leaders and specialists to strengthen relationship building and collaboration in the SECC region. Theodore also supported SEA early childhood specialists through the presentations on implementation science building and systems thinking by reflecting on current state implementation of early childhood programs and using these strategies to encourage the development of processes and models to promote continuous quality improvement of early childhood programs.
In addition, through conversations with SEA early childhood specialists and leaders, Theodore also was able to plan future technical assistance work and SECC Early Childhood Community of Practice events that include collaborative conversations in which SEAs share and learn about best practices that are utilized in each state. The SECC continues to make an impact by sharing knowledge and lessons learned. On June 29, Theodore co-presented with two EDC staff members, Diane Schilder, principal research scientist; and Lynn Goldsmith, senior scholar; at the Build Initiatives’ Quality Rating and Improvement Systems (QRIS), Conference in Dallas. The presentation entitled, “Professional Development: Meeting the Needs of Child Care, Head Start and Pre-K Administrators and Teachers,” was very interactive and provided opportunities for the audience to engage in a conversation about actions states are taking to create aligned professional development systems that meet the needs of early care and education providers.