Birth to Kindergarten Pathway
Early childhood educators and state leaders in Louisiana have joined efforts to develop a new Birth to Kindergarten Pathway for individuals interested in obtaining certificates and degrees that focus upon the education of children from birth to kindergarten. Workgroups are being formed to develop various components of the pathway. Information pertaining to the development of this pathway is provided below.
Birth to Kindergarten Statewide Curriculum Development Committee
Committee Members. List of names and e-mail addresses of committee members identified by campus leaders and agency heads.
February 19, 2015 Meeting. E-mail sent to committee members. The agenda and documents (i.e., draft roles and responsibilities, draft tasks and timelines, draft curriculum, and draft Letter of Intent) discussed during the first meeting of the statewide committee were focused upon logistics that need to be addressed for interested two- and four-year campuses to develop a statewide birth to kindergarten curriculum in which courses for certificates, Associate of Science degrees, and Bachelor of Science degrees can be transferred statewide and used to obtain a BESE Child Development Ancillary Certificate and BESE Birth to Kindergarten certification once a statewide proposal is approved by interested campuses, university systems, Board of Regents, and Board of Elementary and Secondary Education. Minutes of the meeting identify the specific issues discussed and next steps.
March 17, 2015 Meeting: Initial E-mail and follow-up E-mail sent to committee members. The agenda and documents (i.e., Revised Letter of Intent, B2K Statewide Syllabi Template, B2K Cluster Groups, and Committee Timelines) were provided in the e-mail.
April 27, 2015 Meeting. Initial E-mail sent to committee members on March 26, 2015 to provide information about tasks to be completed prior to the April 27th meeting, and the following documents were attached: Birth to Kindergarten Members; Statewide Program Development Committee Timelines; Template for Course Syllabi; B2K Statewide Cluster Groups.
Follow-up e-mail was sent to committee members on April 9, 2015 to provide information about an e-mail that was sent to the chief academic officers about the Letter of Intent, and the following documents were attached: Letter of Intent for B2K Statewide Curriculum; Progression of Knowledge and Skills in Birth to Kindergarten Courses Chart.
Follow-up e-mail was sent to committee members on April 22, 2015 to provide a potential structure for the junior and senior years for the Birth to Kindergarten degree for discussion at the April 27th meeting, and the following documents were attached: Draft Potential B2K Structure for Freshman, Sophomore, Junior, and Senior Years; Cluster Group 4 Final Minutes.
Follow-up e-mail was sent to committee members on April 27, 2015 to provide the agenda for the meeting and documents to be discussed during the meeting: B2K Committee Agenda; Decision Points and Portfolio Artifacts for Candidates; Revised Draft Potential B2K Structure for Freshman, Sophomore, Junior, and Senior Years.
Documents Prepared by Stakeholders
BrightStart Workgroup Recommendations for Birth to Kindergarten Pathways Overview. A brief overview of the work that was done by a BrightStart Birth to Kindergarten Pathway Workgroup to identify the structure for a Birth to Kindergarten Pathway.
Birth to Kindergarten Proposed Course Content. A listing of standards and competencies that are recommended by the BrightStart Birth to Kindergarten Pathway Workgroup for inclusion in the ten Birth to Kindergarten courses for certificates and degrees
Documents Prepared by State Agencies
Early Childhood Teaching Policies. PowerPoint presentation by the Louisiana Department of Education of the Early Childhood Care and Education Advisory Council on December 8, 2014 that outlined proposed changes to Board of Elementary and Secondary Education policies for Birth to Kindergarten cerfitication and Early Childhood Ancillary Certificates for individuals to teach in a publicly-funded early learning center serving children from birth to five.
Bulletin 746 – Birth to Kindergarten Certification and Early Childhood Ancillary Certificates. Changes to Bulletin 746 – Louisiana Standards for State Certification of School Personnel that were approved by the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education on January 13, 2015 for a Notice of Intent. The changes create a new Birth to Kindergarten certification, new requirements for an Early Childhood Ancillary Certificate, and new requirements for add-on Birth to Kindergarten certification.
Standards and Competencies
Birth to Kindergarten Syllabi Development Work Group
May 29, 2014 Follow-up E-mail and Tasks. E-mail sent to work group members. Members were asked to (1) provide feedback about the revised draft course syllabi, (2) complete a form pertaining to textbooks and empirical bases for courses, and (3) examine the agenda for a June 27 meeting.
June 25, 2014 E-mail. E-mail sent to B2K Syllabi Workgroup members to extend the time period to provide feedback.
Birth to Kindergarten Online Associate and Baccalaureate Degrees Work Group
May 6, 2014 Meeting. E-mail sent to work group members. The agenda and the Birth to Kindergarten Online Associate and Baccalaureate Degrees Overview is focused upon core elements of online degrees to be delivered by multiple colleges/universities in multiple systems.
May 29, 2014 Meeting. E-mails sent to work group members. The agenda and draft Recommended Elements of a Birth to Kindergarten Online Associate and Baccalaureate Degrees will be discussed during the meeting.
May 30, 2014 Follow-up E-mail and Tasks. E-mail sent to work group members. Members were asked to (1) provide feedback about the revised Recommended Elements of a Birth to Kindergarten Online Associate and Baccalaureate Degrees.
June 25, 2014 E-mail. E-mail sent to B2K Online Workgroup members to extend the time period to provide feedback.
Early Childhood Inclusion. A joint position statement of the Division for Early Childhood (DEC) and the the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) regarding early childhood inclusion.
Louisiana Community and Technical College System. Information about the process that students need to use to register for online courses within the Louisiana Community and Technical College System.
National Board for Professional Teaching Standards – Early Childhood Generalist. Information pertaining to information that needs to be submitted for early childhood teachers pursuing National Board Certification.
North Dakota CCR&R – How to Compile Your CDA Professional Resource File. Document that identifies how to create a CDA Professional Resource File.
SREB Principles of Good Practice. Document prepared by Southern Regional Education Board (SREB) that identifies common standards for electronic campuses.
Suggested Relationship Between the CDA Formal Child Care Requirement and NAEYC Standards for Professional Preparation Programs. Crosswalk between CDA and NAEYC Standards.
University of Louisiana System. Information about one online degree offered by nine universities in the University of Louisiana System.
QualityMatters. Rubric to examine the quality of online courses and programs.
For additional information, please contact:
Jeanne M. Burns, Ph.D.
Associate Commissioner of Teacher and Leadership Initiatives
Louisiana Board of Regents
(TEL) 225-342-4253 (Ext. 605)
Deputy Director, Early Childhood
Louisiana Department of Education