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December 17, 2020

Virtual Community of Practice Meetings

Are you interested in discussing topics of interest and current trends with fellow professionals in the early childhood field? Join ELRC Region 5 for their virtual Community of Practice sessions!

About

Community of Practice sessions provide early learning professionals with opportunities to discuss topics of interest, current trends in the early childhood field, and offer insight and inspiration to their fellow professionals.

In December, these virtual sessions will focus on tips, how-tos, and tools for participants to successfully complete the STARS Enrollment Calculation Tool (ECT). The ECT assists providers in accurately determining enrollment, as a full-time equivalency (FTE), for individual children, classroom sessions, and the provider. It also assists OCDEL in identifying the number of children impacted by the continuous quality improvement efforts of providers who participate in Keystone STARS. Participants will learn how to use the tool for STARS designation and renewal, making budget projections, creating staff schedules, and maintaining the provider’s enrollment.

Available Sessions

    • Saturday, December 12: Keystone STARS Enrollment Calculation Tool (ECT) 
      10 a.m.  |  Zoom Meeting  |  Attend the Session

More Information

For questions, contact ELRC Region 5 at  elrc5@alleghenycounty.us or 412.350.3577.

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Virtual Community of Practice Meetings

Are you interested in discussing topics of interest and current trends with fellow professionals in the early childhood field? Join ELRC Region 5 for their virtual Community of Practice sessions!

About

Community of Practice sessions provide early learning professionals with opportunities to discuss topics of interest, current trends in the early childhood field, and offer insight and inspiration to their fellow professionals.

In December, these virtual sessions will focus on tips, how-tos, and tools for participants to successfully complete the STARS Enrollment Calculation Tool (ECT). The ECT assists providers in accurately determining enrollment, as a full-time equivalency (FTE), for individual children, classroom sessions, and the provider. It also assists OCDEL in identifying the number of children impacted by the continuous quality improvement efforts of providers who participate in Keystone STARS. Participants will learn how to use the tool for STARS designation and renewal, making budget projections, creating staff schedules, and maintaining the provider’s enrollment.

Available Sessions

    • Saturday, December 12: Keystone STARS Enrollment Calculation Tool (ECT) 
      10 a.m.  |  Zoom Meeting  |  Attend the Session

More Information

For questions, contact ELRC Region 5 at  elrc5@alleghenycounty.us or 412.350.3577.

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December 12, 2020

Virtual Community of Practice Meetings

Are you interested in discussing topics of interest and current trends with fellow professionals in the early childhood field? Join ELRC Region 5 for their virtual Community of Practice sessions!

About

Community of Practice sessions provide early learning professionals with opportunities to discuss topics of interest, current trends in the early childhood field, and offer insight and inspiration to their fellow professionals.

In December, these virtual sessions will focus on tips, how-tos, and tools for participants to successfully complete the STARS Enrollment Calculation Tool (ECT). The ECT assists providers in accurately determining enrollment, as a full-time equivalency (FTE), for individual children, classroom sessions, and the provider. It also assists OCDEL in identifying the number of children impacted by the continuous quality improvement efforts of providers who participate in Keystone STARS. Participants will learn how to use the tool for STARS designation and renewal, making budget projections, creating staff schedules, and maintaining the provider’s enrollment.

Available Sessions

    • Saturday, December 12: Keystone STARS Enrollment Calculation Tool (ECT) 
      10 a.m.  |  Zoom Meeting  |  Attend the Session

More Information

For questions, contact ELRC Region 5 at  elrc5@alleghenycounty.us or 412.350.3577.

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December 11, 2020

Women’s Rap: Virtual Sessions

Are you a single mom or caregiver in need of self-care? Women’s Rap provides a safe place for communication, encouragement, and reflection. Join us for a virtual group discussion to build your confidence, gratitude, and supportive relationships with other women.

How to Virtually Attend

Women’s Rap sessions will be hosted using the web-based video conferencing platform Zoom. Please download Zoom prior to the event to your device of choice. Registration is not required.

Learn More

For more information, contact Toni Beasley at 412.540.5732 or toni@tryingtogether.org. Learn more about the Homewood Early Learning Hub and Family Center on the Trying Together website.

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Photo Credit

Photography by Emily O’Donnell.

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November 27, 2020

Rise Together: Virtual Sessions

Want to strengthen emotional bonds with your child? Join other families to participate in virtual adult group discussion and developmentally appropriate activities for young children. Together, you and your family will grow, learn, and play.

How to Virtually Attend

Rise Together sessions will be hosted using the web-based video conferencing platform Zoom. Please download Zoom prior to the event to your device of choice. Registration is not required.

Learn More

For more information, contact Nicole Banner at 412.540.5970 or nicole@tryingtogether.org. Learn more about the Homewood Early Learning Hub and Family Center on the Trying Together website.

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November 19, 2020

Virtual Community of Practice Meetings

Are you interested in discussing topics of interest and current trends with fellow professionals in the early childhood field? Join ELRC Region 5 for their virtual Community of Practice sessions!

About

Community of Practice sessions provide early learning professionals with opportunities to discuss topics of interest, current trends in the early childhood field, and offer insight and inspiration to their fellow professionals.

In November, these virtual sessions will discuss how to create Continuous Quality Improvement (CQI) plans using approved program observation instruments, creating goals from the results of those instruments, identifying the steps it will take to reach the goals, and who is responsible for ensuring the goal is implemented. Participants will learn about the importance of including staffs’ professional development plans and how to use the CQI throughout the whole year.

Available Sessions

    • Saturday, November 14: Continuous Quality Improvement Plan
      10 a.m.  |  Zoom Meetings  |  Attend the Session

More Information

For questions, contact ELRC Region 5 at  elrc5@alleghenycounty.us or 412.350.3577.

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Virtual Community of Practice Meetings

Are you interested in discussing topics of interest and current trends with fellow professionals in the early childhood field? Join ELRC Region 5 for their virtual Community of Practice sessions!

About

Community of Practice sessions provide early learning professionals with opportunities to discuss topics of interest, current trends in the early childhood field, and offer insight and inspiration to their fellow professionals.

In November, these virtual sessions will discuss how to create Continuous Quality Improvement (CQI) plans using approved program observation instruments, creating goals from the results of those instruments, identifying the steps it will take to reach the goals, and who is responsible for ensuring the goal is implemented. Participants will learn about the importance of including staffs’ professional development plans and how to use the CQI throughout the whole year.

Available Sessions

    • Saturday, November 14: Continuous Quality Improvement Plan
      10 a.m.  |  Zoom Meetings  |  Attend the Session

More Information

For questions, contact ELRC Region 5 at  elrc5@alleghenycounty.us or 412.350.3577.

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November 14, 2020

Virtual Community of Practice Meetings

Are you interested in discussing topics of interest and current trends with fellow professionals in the early childhood field? Join ELRC Region 5 for their virtual Community of Practice sessions!

About

Community of Practice sessions provide early learning professionals with opportunities to discuss topics of interest, current trends in the early childhood field, and offer insight and inspiration to their fellow professionals.

In November, these virtual sessions will discuss how to create Continuous Quality Improvement (CQI) plans using approved program observation instruments, creating goals from the results of those instruments, identifying the steps it will take to reach the goals, and who is responsible for ensuring the goal is implemented. Participants will learn about the importance of including staffs’ professional development plans and how to use the CQI throughout the whole year.

Available Sessions

    • Saturday, November 14: Continuous Quality Improvement Plan
      10 a.m.  |  Zoom Meetings  |  Attend the Session

More Information

For questions, contact ELRC Region 5 at  elrc5@alleghenycounty.us or 412.350.3577.

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November 13, 2020

Women’s Rap: Virtual Sessions

Are you a single mom or caregiver in need of self-care? Women’s Rap provides a safe place for communication, encouragement, and reflection. Join us for a virtual group discussion to build your confidence, gratitude, and supportive relationships with other women.

How to Virtually Attend

Women’s Rap sessions will be hosted using the web-based video conferencing platform Zoom. Please download Zoom prior to the event to your device of choice. Registration is not required.

Learn More

For more information, contact Toni Beasley at 412.540.5732 or toni@tryingtogether.org. Learn more about the Homewood Early Learning Hub and Family Center on the Trying Together website.

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Photo Credit

Photography by Emily O’Donnell.

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November 11, 2020

Connections and Conversations: Intergenerational Learning

Are you interested in learning how to build positive relationships between adults and children? Join Trying Together on Wednesday, November 11 for our free virtual workshop, “Connections and Conversations: Intergenerational Learning.”

About

Connections and Conversations Virtual Check-Ins are interactive sessions that highlight topics of interest to the field of early childhood education. Participants will engage in virtual discussions with child development experts while interacting with early learning practitioners to share questions, experiences, and expertise about Intergenerational Learning.

Participants will learn how to build positive relationships between adults and children through the arts. Research has shown that through intergenerational programming young children and older adult participants gain many positive benefits through socialization and building relationships across generations. This workshop will highlight strategies to help establish relationships, communication, and collaboration across generations.

Session Details

    • Session Date: Wednesday, November 11, 2020  |  6:00 – 7:00 p.m.
    • Instructors: Jasmine Davis and Sarah Hamilton
    • Core Knowledge Area: Child Growth and Development
    • CDA Content Area: Principles of Child Growth and Development
    • Registration Deadline: Monday, November 9, 2020

Registration

To register, visit the course PD Registry page. Space is limited. Participants will receive the course Zoom link via email within 24 hours before the start date for the course. PQAS and Act 48 credit available.

If you do not have a PD Registry account, please complete this online form to create one. If you are unable to create an account, please contact pdregistry@pakeys.org for more information.

Session Rules and Guidelines

These virtual discussions are designed to provide educators the opportunity to grow professionally and share knowledge on early childhood topics. During the meeting, participants should follow the guidelines below to ensure a successful virtual meeting for all participants.

    • Please allow all participants a chance to speak. Listen respectfully and actively.
    • Commit to learning about each other, not to debating the topic.
    • Embrace differences of opinion as healthy and support each person’s authentic self-expression.
    • Participants will be muted for the beginning portion of the session.
    • Participants may use the “Raise Hand” feature in Zoom to request an opportunity to comment or ask a question. Individuals will be temporarily unmuted by the moderator.
    • Participants may type a comment or question in the Chat or may send comments or questions directly to the moderator for them to share.
    • To receive PQAS credit, you must complete an evaluation at the end of the session and include your PD Registry number.
    • Have fun, make connections, and engage in the conversations!

More Information

For questions or more information, contact Jasmine Davis at jasmine@tryingtogether.org.