The Core Learning Department at the ACOE has strengthened the foundation and provides support in building, expanding, and implementing an interconnected early learning system that supports PreK-3rd grade coherence.
Our early learning vision and strategies includes guiding Alameda County early learning leaders in further developing, and for other districts, launching a cohesive early learning system that contributes to narrowing the achievement gap of our youngest learners. Our vision is that every district is prepared to provide quality programming, curriculum, and activities so that children thrive during the pre-kindergarten to transitional kindergarten/kindergarten years. We support cross-grade level and cross-sector events that formalizes decision-making roles and responsibilities; and through a strategic plan grounded in evidence-based practice, we work to address the achievement gap and improve outcomes for our youngest learners.
In the 2021-21 school year, we continue to provide leadership representation, advocate for equitable, sound classroom practices, and host and facilitate virtual, and when we are able, in-person professional learning opportunities to bring our vision closer to fruition.
Early Learning also supports and includes representation at the local, regional and state level for those serving the 0-5 population through the Quality Rating Improvement System know as Quality Counts.
ACOE's District Design Teams is a funded strategy comprised of district administrators, preschool and elementary principals, program directors, coaches, teachers, and parents. District Design Teams meet monthly to utilize data from sources such as kindergarten readiness assessments, Smarter Balanced assessment, and the other tools in order to design, develop, and deliver goals, strategies, and implementation plans to interrupt gaps in achievement and thereby change outcomes for our earliest learners.
Our professional development opportunities are posted on Eventbrite.com. A sampling of offerings includes:
- *Virtual cohort for coaches and teacher participants. Advanced inclusion strategies utilizing Universal Design for Learning and grounded in the California Foundations and Frameworks
- Inclusion: building upon last school year's introducatory to inclusion strategies, we will offer an advanced Inclusion Works! cohort series in understanding and implementing the California Foundations and Frameworks.
- Several professional learning opportunities focused on children with special needs
- Supporting and Implementing Authentic Family Partnerships
- Supporting Dual Language Learners
- Early Learning Mathematics
*New, in 2021:
- The Alameda County Early Care and Education Planning Council has now transfered to the ACOE. We will continue to work with our Steering Committee and the Planning Council's four additional Committee's focus to ensure quality care and education for our youngest children, Birth-8 years, through advocacy, policy and practice.
- Our Early Learning Program will hold the CDE's Quality Counts CSPP and Workforce grants.
- We will also enhance our focus on multi-lingual learners and their families, anti-bias/anti-racist and inclusive strategies for success.
Please contact ACOE's Early Learning Program Director, Neva Bandelow (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Angela Cabrera, Early Learning Program Manager (email@example.com) for further information regarding