Project: Year 7 2018–2019

Ensuring School Readiness Community of Practice

The regional Ensuring School Readiness Community of Practice (CoP) at the Southeast Comprehensive Center (SECC) supports state education agencies (SEAs) and other agencies (birth to third grade) to assist with early childhood (EC) efforts. The CoP includes an interactive, online site to facilitate the sharing of research and practice insights and a monthly newsletter to deepen awareness of regional and national early childhood education developments and opportunities for collaboration among states.

Technical Assistance Approach

The SECC is continuing to provide opportunities for cross-state collaboration, problem-solving, and networking via the following:

  • An interactive online site in which states can access and share evidence-based resources, practice, and insights
  • A monthly online newsletter to deepen awareness of early childhood developments
  • Periodic webinars in which states can participate in professional learning with experts in the field
Impact
  • Increased use of and access to evidence-based resources and EC providers 
  • Increased collaborative opportunities between state and local EC education stakeholders to support streamlined policies, procedures, and processes on school readiness and early childhood 
  • Improved coordination and alignment of state-level, EC policies and practices 

 

Project Updates

Most Recent Update: 2018 | October

Staff from the Southeast Comprehensive Center (SECC) disseminated the monthly community of practice (CoP) E-Newsletter to state education agencies' (SEAs) early childhood specialists and stakeholders. SECC staff also conducted weekly updates of the community of practice SharePoint site, providing evidence-based research, resources, and information on early childhood news and events in SECC states and nationally. Additionally, SECC staff conducted needs-assessments via phone conferences with early specialists from the Alabama State Department of Education (ALSDE), the Mississippi Department of Education (MDE), and the Georgia Department of Education (GaDOE). On October 2, SECC staff facilitated a cross-state collaboration meeting on family engagement between the South Carolina Director of Early Learning and Literacy and the Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning (DECAL).  

In November, all needs-assessment phone conferences will be completed. During the needs-assessment phone conferences, SEAs were able to identify district’s and early childhood programs’ needs and ways in which they will support them. In addition, the SEAs were able to identify ways in which the early childhood community of practice (ECCoP) has supported them. For example, SEAs mentioned that the cross-collaboration meeting on August 30, in which Georgia DECAL shared resources on standards alignment, will benefit them in current efforts to address district and early childhood programs’ needs.

 

Previous Updates:

Staff from the Southeast Comprehensive Center (SECC) disseminated the monthly community of practice (CoP) E-Newsletter to state education agencies' (SEAs) early childhood specialists and stakeholders. SECC staff also conducted weekly updates of the community of practice SharePoint site, providing evidence-based research, resources, and information on early childhood news and events in SECC states and nationally. Additionally, SECC staff conducted needs-assessments via phone conferences with early specialists from the Alabama State Department of Education (ALSDE), the Mississippi Department of Education (MDE), and the Georgia Department of Education (GaDOE). On October 2, SECC staff facilitated a cross-state collaboration meeting on family engagement between the South Carolina Director of Early Learning and Literacy and the Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning (DECAL).  

In November, all needs-assessment phone conferences will be completed. During the needs-assessment phone conferences, SEAs were able to identify district’s and early childhood programs’ needs and ways in which they will support them. In addition, the SEAs were able to identify ways in which the early childhood community of practice (ECCoP) has supported them. For example, SEAs mentioned that the cross-collaboration meeting on August 30, in which Georgia DECAL shared resources on standards alignment, will benefit them in current efforts to address district and early childhood programs’ needs.