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.

Documents

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.

Standards and Competencies

Child Development Associate (CDA) Credential Standards

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COMPASS

Council for Exceptional Children Division for Early Childhood Recommended Practices in Early Intervention/Early Childhood Special Education

Louisiana Birth to Kindergarten Standards 

Louisiana Workforce Knowledge and Competencies

National Association for the Education of Young Children Standards 2013

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Workgroup Members

Contact information for Workgroup Members

Workgroup Meetings    

Birth to Kindergarten Syllabi Development Work Group

May 5, 2014 Meeting. E-mail sent to work group members. The agenda and the course syllabi templates are focused upon the first three Birth to Kindergarten courses to  obtain a CDA credential.

May 28, 2014 Meeting. E-mails sent to work group members. The agenda and draft course syllabi that will focus upon the first three Birth to Kindergarten courses will be discussed during the meeting.

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.

Resources

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)
jeanne.burns@la.gov

Derek Little
Deputy Director, Early Childhood
Louisiana Department of Education
(TEL) 225-342-3652
derek.little@la.gov

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