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EdAdvance Hosts NW CT Early Childhood Providers’ Roundtable

March 4th, 2019

EdAdvance’s Early Childhood and Family Programs hosted the first in a series of Early Childhood Roundtables focused on meeting the needs of diverse learners in northwest CT.  The Roundtable was held on February 28th at the agency’s headquarters in Litchfield. EdAdvance is the Regional Educational Service Center (RESC) serving western CT, whose mission is to promote the success of school districts and communities.   

Early childhood providers, teachers, and program directors united to discuss priorities in the areas of professional development and providing quality services for preschoolers with specialized needs. Dr. Jeffrey Kitching, Executive Director at EdAdvance, welcomed participants and noted, “EdAdvance is committed to working with early childhood providers to achieve the best possible outcomes, including kindergarten readiness, for all early learners. Our early childhood specialists provide expert professional development and training programs, consultation, and technical assistance to providers throughout the region, including preparation for accreditation by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC).

Michelle Cook, CT State Representative (Torrington) presented an overview of early childhood related legislative agenda items. Featured speaker Andrea Brinnel, CT State Department of Education Special Education Coordinator, updated participants on upcoming professional learning initiatives at RESCs throughout Connecticut to assist private and public school preschool teachers in serving young children with specialized needs.  One attendee summed up her perspectives on the session as “...not only did they listen to our concerns and needs, but they are also ready to create solutions that truly support them.”

The next Early Childhood Roundtable is scheduled for Tuesday, April 30th, 2019, from 1:00-4:00 PM at EdAdvance’s Litchfield office. For more information on this initiative and Early Childhood and Family Programs, contact Michelle Anderson, Director, at andersonm@edadvance.org or 860-567-0863 x1179.

Andrea Brinnel, CT State Department of Education 629 Special Education Coordinator and Michelle Anderson, Director of Early Childhood and Family Programs at EdAdvance

Fran Chappel, Director of Canaan Childcare Center and Judy Courtot, EdAdvance Early Childhood Consultant collaborate on priority issues. 

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