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Early Learning

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Stakeholders discuss core competencies on June 14

Within the field of early childhood education, core competencies provide a framework of standards for professionals who care for infants, toddlers, preschoolers, school-age children and older youth. Child Care Aware of Kansas, OPEN Initiative, Kansas Enrichment Network, and the Missouri AfterSchool Network created the core competencies as a foundation for professional development for early childhood professionals. On June 14, stakeholders will meet to review the Kansas and Missouri Core Competencies for Early Childhood and Youth Development Professionals. Download the core competencies online and contact Kyle Matchell if you have any questions.

Making the Most of Classroom Interaction CLASS Training Series

Preschool teachers serving children ages three to five are invited to participate in an exciting new training series using the Classroom Assessment Scoring System (CLASS). Participants will learn to identify, understand and apply effective interactions in a classroom setting using a nationally recognized scoring system. This training includes access to free training materials and access to an online CLASS video library. Training is free for participants. Contact Susan Duffey at or call 816-701-8324 to submit your application.  Learn more»

MCEL supports literacy development initiatives

The Metropolitan Council on Early Learning is proud to support Turn the Page KC, an initiative focused on improving reading proficiency for third graders in Kansas City, and The Family Conservancy’s “Talk, Read, Play with your Child Every Day” campaign. The strength of a child’s vocabulary, built by the words she hears, directly impacts that child’s ability to read. Also, children who do not learn to read proficiently by the end of third grade are in in danger of poor academic performance as they progress through school. Studies show that when parents and guardians talk to their child, read to their child and play with their child on a daily basis that child’s vocabulary expands and she has increased school success. Both Turn the Page KC and the “Talk, Read, Play” campaign address the need for parental engagement in language and literacy development. To learn more, visit the Turn the Page KC website and the “Talk, Read, Play” campaign website.