TACSEI Teachers and Service Providers Community

Welcome to the TACSEI Teachers and Service Providers Community. Here you will find information and select resources that have been compiled specifically with the needs of teachers, caregivers and service providers in mind. Just as a community changes and grows over time, so will this page as new interactive elements and resources are created and added.

Source: Technical Assistance Center on Social Emotional Intervention

Available at: http://www.challengingbehavior.org/communities/teachers.htm

Activity Matrix: Organizing Learning Throughout the Day – Head Start


This in-service suite introduces the activity matrix as an effective tool for teachers to organize learning opportunities for children who need additional support during daily classroom activities and routines.

Source: Early Childhood Learning and Knowledge Center

Available at: http://eclkc.ohs.acf.hhs.gov/hslc/tta-system/teaching/center/practice/ISS/organize.html

EHS TA Paper No. 14: Supporting Outdoor Play and Exploration for Infants and Toddlers – Head Start


TA Paper No. 14 discusses the benefits of outdoor time for infants and toddlers. It offers tips for creating outdoor play spaces, safety considerations, and strategies and policies to support this part of quality programming. Early Head Start and Migrant and Seasonal Head Start professional development staff may use this paper with teachers, family child care providers, and home visitors.

Head Start and Early Head Start (EHS) have long recognized the importance of outdoor play experiences and appropriate, safe outdoor play spaces for young children. Two Head Start Program Performance Standards—1304.21(a)(5)(i) (center-based settings) and 1304.21(a)(6) (home-based settings)—specifically address providing time and opportunities for outdoor active play and guidance in the safe use of equipment and materials. A number of standards focus on the outdoor play space. Still others, although not specific to the outdoors, speak to developmental and learning opportunities for infants and toddlers that could easily take place outdoors, thus taking advantage of the unique qualities that the outdoors offers.

Source: Early Childhood Learning and Knowledge Center

Available at: http://eclkc.ohs.acf.hhs.gov/hslc/tta-system/ehsnrc/docs/ehs-ta-paper-14-outdoor-play.pdf

Highlights for Teaching Children Who Are Dual Language Learners DLLs – Head Start

This resource highlights strategies discussed in the Head Start Science Teachers Guide that teaching teams may use to help children learn their home language in addition to English. Teachers are encouraged to focus on language and literacy skills as integral to the exploration of science topics in the natural world. Specific suggestions from the Guide provide evidence-based practices that are effective for working with dual language learners in Head Start programs.

Source: Early Childhood Learning and Knowledge Center

Available at: http://eclkc.ohs.acf.hhs.gov/hslc/tta-system/cultural-linguistic/Dual%20Language%20Learners/ecd/language_development/HeadStartScienc.htm

Literacy Resources from Washington Learning Systems – Video Training for Early Language and Literacy

Use these handouts to support Language is the Key video programs.

After presenting “Talking and Books” or “Talking and Play,”  trainers can provide activities for  take-home handouts.

On-the-Go Resources: Fourteen home and community activities show how to promote language, and early literacy during everyday activities. In English, Spanish, Vietnamese, Mandarin, Somali and Russian

Resources for Infants:   Supporting Literacy in Natural Environments. Free, reproducible language and early literacy activities in English and Spanish

Resources for Preschoolers:  Supporting Literacy in Natural Environments. Free, reproducilbe language and early iteracy activities in English and Spanish

Tuck them into children’s back packs for home activities.

Source: Washington Learning Systems

Available at: http://www.walearning.com/resources/

Teachers Lounge – NAEYC

Respond to the current Teachers’ Lounge question, suggest a question for a future issue, or look through past questions to and from preschool teachers.

If we publish your question, you will receive a $50 gift certificate to purchase NAEYC resources. If we publish your response, you will receive a $50 gift certificate to Gryphon House. A special thank you to Gryphon House, a publisher of early childhood books and e-books for teachers and parents and the sponsor of this column.

Call 800-638-0928 or visit their website for more information.

Source: National Association for the Education of Young Children

Available at: http://www.naeyc.org/tyc/lounge

Office of Head Start Teacher’s Guide to the Discovering Science Webcast Series

This guide is a basic introduction to science for young children and includes a variety of resources to help explore science in a fun and effective way. Investigating questions that arise from children’s experiences and interests is one of the best ways to promote science in early learning environments. This guide provides material to teach science well, based on almost any question children might ask. Learning to take full advantage of every opportunity to use the science process skills will ensure that children’s science learning experiences will be valuable and long-lasting.

Source: Early Childhood Learning and Knowledge Center

Available at: http://eclkc.ohs.acf.hhs.gov/hslc/tta-system/teaching/eecd/Domains%20of%20Child%20Development/Science/ohs-science-guide-english.pdf

White House American Jobs Act Call with Secretary Arne Duncan and Jon Carson | The White House

On Friday, October 21 at 5:15p.m. EDT, please join Secretary Duncan from the Department of Education and Jon Carson, Director of the Office of Public Engagement, for a conference call about the American Jobs Act.

This call is off the record and not for press purposes.

Call information

Date: Friday, October 21st

Time: 5:15p.m. EDT

Call-in number:(800) 230-1074

Title: White House American Jobs Act Call with Secretary Duncan

Source: The White House

Available at: http://www.whitehouse.gov/webform/white-house-american-jobs-act-call-secretary-arne-duncan-and-jon-carson

Early educator union sought


Massachusetts teacher unions are attempting to enroll more than 10,000 early childhood education workers in the private and nonprofit sectors, a move that could boost their woefully low pay but critics say could also drive up tuition rates.

A centerpiece of the effort by the Massachusetts Teachers Association and the American Federation of Teachers Massachusetts is legislation that would authorize the creation of a statewide union specifically for early childhood educators.

Source: The Boston Globe

Available at: http://articles.boston.com/2011-10-10/news/30263821_1_early-childhood-tuition-rates-union-contract

NCIPP – Program Descriptions

NCIPP created program descriptions for three innovative districts with induction and mentoring programs targeted at beginning special education teachers. Program descriptions were the result of extensive interviews with mentors, beginning teachers, principals and program administrators, as well as program data analysis and videos of mentoring sessions.

Source: National Center to Inform Policy and Practice in Special Education Professional Development

Available at: http://ncipp.education.ufl.edu/pgmdescrips.php