Conference Call on Quality Rating and Improvement Systems: A Conversation with Center Directors

April 25, 3 – 4 pm ET

Register to get an inside view on how Quality Rating and Improvement Systems (QRIS) work and how they could work as effectively as possible from the perspective of three child care center directors participating in QRIS.


Camelia Babson-Haley
Director, Youth & Family Outreach
Portland, ME

Dana Ramsey
Vice President of Operations, Childcare Network- Child Development Schools, Inc.
Raleigh, NC

Kathleen Zdenek
Child Development Director, Easter Seals
State College, PA

Moderated by: Hannah Matthews, CLASP and Karen Schulman, National Women’s Law Center

Source: CLASP: Policy Solutions for that Work for Low-Income People

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Foundations and First Impressions: The Initial Home Visit

February 29 from 2:00 – 3:30pm EST

Visiting a family in their home helps staff learn about, celebrate and support the people who are most important to the infant, toddler or baby-on-the-way. These visits also foster important staff-family relationships that nurture growth and positive outcomes. But families and staff may be unsure of what to expect in an initial home visit. In this audioconference, faculty will address the opportunities and potential challenges of the first home visit a staff member makes with a family, and offer strategies to help staff use that visit as a foundation for future services and support. Register by February 24, 2012.

Source: Early Head Start National Resource Center

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SAVE THE DATE! Front Porch Series Broadcast Calls Why and How Can We Promote Science in Early Childhood

The National Center on Quality Teaching and Learning logoSAVE THE DATE!
Front Porch Series Broadcast Calls

Why and How Can We Promote Science in Early Childhood

Monday, November 28, 2011
1:00 p.m. – 1:45 p.m. (EST)

The National Center on Quality Teaching and Learning (NCQTL) will be launching our Front Porch Series/Broadcast Calls. These calls, scheduled the fourth Monday of every month will provide an opportunity for you to hear from national experts in the field on current research and findings in early childhood.

Join NCQTL for the first broadcast call, Why and How Can We Promote Science in Early Childhood on November 28 at 10:00 a.m. (EST). Dr. Andrew Shouse and Dr. Ximena Dominguez will moderate the call to present an overview of young children’s ability to engage in inquiry, share insights on how early childhood teachers can foster children’s engagement in science practices, and highlight the benefits of early science teaching and learning. A question and answer session will follow their presentation.

Topics for the Broadcast Call Include:

  • Children’s ability to engage in inquiry
  • Fostering children’s engagement in science
  • Benefits of early science teaching and learning

Who Should Participate?
Everyone! Head Start program staff, Early Head Start and Migrant and Seasonal Head Start program staff, Alaska Native/American Indian Head Start program staff, Head Start parents, directors, managers, administrators, T/TA managers, T/TA providers, federal and Regional Office staff, State Collaboration Offices.

Participating in the Broadcast Call
The broadcast call will only be accessible via computer and not by telephone. Select this link to register for the broadcast call and to review system requirements for participation:

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing additional instructions on how to join the broadcast. Space is limited to 500 participants. This call will be recorded for future viewing if you cannot join us on November 28.

You may send your questions to or call 877-731-0764.

White House Conference Calls Scheduled for This Week

We are pleased to announce several White House conference calls scheduled for this week:

On Monday and Tuesday, October 31st and November 1st, please join us for a series of conference calls with important updates on the Fiscal Year 2012 appropriations bills. Each call will feature a speaker from the Office of Management and Budget and will focus on one of six issue areas: women; social safety net organizations; education; consumer protection; foreign aid; and the environment.

The OMB leaders who will speak on these calls are the same individuals working with Congress to develop appropriations bills that reflect the administration’s priorities, invest in key programs and services, and focus on creating jobs. They will offer a detailed look at their approach to the process and will bring you up to speed on the latest developments.

On Wednesday, November 2nd, please join Senior White House Policy Officials for a review of the executive actions that President Obama announced while traveling the country last week. This call will highlight actions taken because “We Can’t Wait” for Congress to act. The issues covered include Housing, Veterans Employment, Student Loan Repayment, and two new steps to help businesses expand and create jobs, including the new “Business USA.”

Please share this information with your members and affiliates, and other interested parties.

These calls are off the record and not for press purposes.

Source: The White House

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Parent, Family, and Community Engagement – Head Start

Join us this week, September 26-30, 2011, for the launch of the Parent, Family, and Community Engagement Framework. View the daily webcasts and participate in Friday’s National Conference Call Question and Answer session.

Source: Early Childhood Learning and Knowledge Center

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Autism Spectrum Disorders Part II: Understanding and Comparing Research-Based Practices | CEC

The second webinar in the series will provide practitioners who work with students with autism spectrum disorders at all age levels with in-depth, practical, descriptive, and comparative information on several of the most popular research-based interventions and approaches, including Applied Behavior Analysis, Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS); Social Stories; and Treatment and Education of Autistic and Communication-Related Handicapped Children (TEACCH). The research base and demonstrated efficacy area of each approach will be discussed. The information presented will enable teachers, administrators, and parents to differentiate between effective interventions and those without an evidence base.

Participants will be able to:

  • Describe the research-based practices available for teaching students with autism spectrum disorders.
  • Differentiate the areas of improvement that each practice can yield.
  • Select the practices suitable for particular students or groups of students.
  • Find sources of more detailed information and training in each of the practices discussed.

Source: Council for Exceptional Children

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Stakeholder Conference Call Regarding Race To The Top – Early Learning Challenge

The U.S. Departments of Education


Health and Human Services

will hold a stakeholder conference call regarding the

Race to the Top – Early Learning Challenge grant competition on


Tuesday, August 23rd, 2011

3:00PM EDT  (Eastern Daylight Time)

2:00PM CDT (Central Daylight Time)

1:00PM MDT (Mountain Daylight Time)

12:00PM PDT (Pacific Daylight Time)

11:00AM AKDT (Alaska Daylight Time)

9:00AM HST (Hawaii Standard Time)

Conference Call Information

Participant  Dial in Number: 800-369-1887

Participant Passcode: EDUCATION