Attention: State and Local Education Agencies and Early Childhood Education Providers
The U.S. Department of Education is hosting a webinar series to support educational settings in safely sustaining or returning to in-person instruction. The series features lessons learned and best practices from faculty, staff, schools, districts, institutions of higher education, early childhood education providers, and other places of educational instruction describing approaches to operating during the COVID-19 pandemic.
On behalf of the U.S. Department of Education (ED), Office of Elementary and Secondary Education’s Office of Safe and Supportive Schools, the National Center on Safe Supportive Learning Environments (NCSSLE) invites you to join the next webinar, Safe and Supportive Early Learning: Lessons Learned for the New School Year.
Date: Thursday, September 9, 2021
Time: 3:00 - 4:15 pm EDT
This informative webinar from the U.S. Department of Education and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention engaged in a conversation about supporting young children and families’ access to high-quality early learning. Following brief presentations by the federal agencies, subject matter experts, including field-based practitioners, shared strategies they have found effective to support and reengage early childhood students and their caregivers through outreach and sustained connections, while addressing equity and utilizing best practices in the field.
- Miriam Calderon: Deputy Assistant Secretary, Early Learning, U.S. Department of Education
- Lara Robinson: Behavioral scientist, Child Development Studies Team, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities
- Ron Herndon: Director, Albina Head Start, Portland, OR
- Jenny Le: Director, Early Childhood Education Programs, Azusa Unified School District, Azusa, CA
- Christina Weiland: Associate Professor, School of Education, University of Michigan; Co-Director, Education Policy Initiative
- Sarah Walzer: Chief Executive Officer, ParentChild+
This event will reference the following resources, which we encourage you to access in advance of the webinar to inform participation:
- Guidance for Operating Child Care Programs during COVID-19 (CDC)
- Parents and Caregivers - What Is Your School Doing to Protect Your Child from COVID-19? (CDC)
- Medicaid and CHIP Guidance Targeting Vaccination and Testing for COVID-19 (CMS)
- Back-to-School Initiatives
- COVID-19 Program Information: Special Education and Rehabilitative Services
- COVID-19 & the Head Start Community (OHS, ACF)
- ACF COVID-19 Response & Resources (ACF)
- Child Health (HRSA)
- Important Home Visiting Information During COVID-19 (HRSA)
- Expand Pediatric Mental Health Care Access
- Child Text Credit
- California Department of Education Releases 2020–21 Statewide School Enrollment Data
- Historic Crisis, Historic Opportunity: Using Evidence to Mitigate the Effects of the COVID-19 Crisis on Young Children and Early Care and Education Programs
Please contact NCSSLE if you have any questions. We look forward to sharing this information with you and hearing from you about the important work you are doing in your schools, communities, and states to meet the needs of your students and staff as they return to in-person learning.
More on the Lessons from the Field Webinar Series
Archived Events: To access archived materials from previous Lessons from the Field webinars, go here.
Upcoming Webinars: Due to popular demand, the Lessons from the Field Webinar Series has been extended to run through September 2021. Stay tuned for additional details on upcoming webinars that will assist American educators in ensuring a safe and supportive transition back to in-person learning.