Early Childhood Webinars (Archived)

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Update on Universal Pre-Kindergarten in Vermont (5/9/19)The State of Vermont has invested in Pre-Kindergarten in recent years and sees this set of services as a critical focus for improved outcomes for children across our state. Act 166 was passed to provide access to high quality Pre-Kindergarten services to all Vermont children through creating private-public partnerships between private Pre-K providers and school districts. This session will focus on an overview of the process by which private providers partner with school districts and what this means as a parent who is seeking to access this resource. Providers will also benefit in hearing from a public school leader who is responsible for managing implementation of this law. Presenter: Erin Maguire, Director of Student Support Services, Essex Westford School District. View PowerPoint.

Healthy Feeding Foundations  (9/20/17) This webinar will provide strategies to prevent picky eating from an early age and some additional coping strategies for parents and providers caring for children with narrow food preferences. We will focus our discussion on feeding children from birth to five years old. Presenters: Kelli Borgman, RDN, CD and Kasey McManmon RD, CD, Nutrition Consultants from the Vermont Department of Health, Children with Special Health Needs. View PowerPoint.

Advice from an Expert: Is My Child’s Development on Track? (3/1/17) Karen Rodgers is a Speech Language Pathologist at the Stern Center for Language and Learning. She has fourteen years of experience with young children. She will share her expertise in the areas of feeding, speech, social development, and language development. Presenter: Karen Rodgers, Speech Language Pathologist, Stern Center for Language and Learning. View PowerPoint.

New Universal Pre-Kindergarten in Vermont (1/20/16). With full implementation of Universal Pre-Kindergarten Education (Act 166) in the next school year (16/17), many families are interested in how their children will meaningfully participate. Join us for an overview of Universal Pre-Kindergarten Education. Time will be allowed for questions at the conclusion of the webinar. Presenters: Reeva Murphy, Deputy Commissioner for the Department Of Children and Families, Vermont Agency of Human Services and Melissa Riegel-Garrett, Pre-K Coordinator, Vermont Agency of Education. View PowerPoint.

Fun with Building Blocks for Literacy® (2/13/13). Learn play-based strategies that can be incorporated into everyday interactions with your preschool children. These research-based research-proven activities provide foundational skills to prepare young children for reading success upon entering kindergarten. Presenter: Brenda Buzzell, M.Ed., Coordinator of BUILDING BLOCKS FOR LITERACY® at the Stern Center for Language and Learning. She has been an educator for over 30 years working with children, early care and education providers, and parents. View PowerPoint.

Moving on Up: Transition to Kindergarten for Children with Special Needs (5/18/11). The focus of this webinar was on transition to kindergarten, and what parents can expect. We discussed what schools are required to do to help ensure a smooth transition into kindergarten for children with special needs, and the important roles that parents and teachers play in the process. Presenter: Kate Rogers, Department of Education.

Additional Resources on Transition to Kindergarten for Children with Special Needs: 10 Ways to Participate in your Child’s Education80 Skills for the Transition to KindergartenChildren’s Books on TransitionThe Transition to KindergartenFirst Steps: The Year Before KindergartenThe Importance of Reading to your ChildWhat to Expect of a KindergartnerBefore the First Day (for the Children)Helpful Hints from Kindergarten TeachersBefore the First Day: Organizational Hints for ParentsGetting to School SafelyFinal Preparation and drop-offDevelopmentally Appropriate PracticesParent, Child and Teacher Communication


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