On Friday, October 26th, 2012, representatives from the following agencies and parents came together to provide input around the State’s upcoming California Comprehensive Early Learning Plan:
key element areas. The following element areas were tackled by workgroups that prioritized their top three recommendations (prescribed by the Plan coordinators) for California’s Plan. The three elements were determined by the Long Beach Early Childhood Education Committee (input meeting hosts) as closest matches to their mission of ensuring that all children in Long Beach grow up healthy, safe, and educated:
- Develop the Early Childhood Educator Competencies, which include the Foundations, into a common and comprehensive course of study that is reflected in courses for associate’s and bachelor’s degrees and is delivered statewide.
- Set higher compensation levels for Early Childhood Education teachers if teacher education standards are to be set higher to improve recruitment and retention.
- Focus degree programs and ongoing training on particular areas where research suggests teachers are not yet strong, such as dual language learners, children with special needs, and adult-child interactions that support children’s cognitive and language development.
- Provide training for teachers on building partnerships with families.
- Support family engagement in developmental and early learning services for infants and toddlers from the earliest points of their entry into the programs.
- Consider funding programs in conjunction with other evidence-based strategies for disadvantaged children, such as home visiting or programs that combine parent education with center-based education.
- Create a new state revenue source that supports early learning birth to five and within their stream set aside at least 30% for infants and toddlers.
- Recognize that quality, particularly the recruitment and retention of qualified teachers, costs more.
- For infants and toddlers, target any expansion to children at high risk.
The California Comprehensive Early Learning Plan was approved by the State Advisory Council on Early Learning and Care at its May 1 meeting, and was released in September 2013 by the California Department of Education Press. We are deeply grateful for your involvement in the development of this plan! Download the plan here