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RACE TO THE TOP- EARLY LEARNING CHALLENGE Project 1- Establishing Local Early Childhood Advisory Councils (LECAC)

RACE TO THE TOP- EARLY LEARNING CHALLENGE Project 1- Establishing Local Early Childhood Advisory Councils (LECAC)

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  1. RACE TO THE TOP-EARLY LEARNING CHALLENGE Project 1-Establishing Local Early Childhood Advisory Councils (LECAC)

  2. Project 1All 24 Local Early Childhood Advisory Councils have been established in each jurisdiction

  3. The Focus The focus of Project 1 is to ensure that all young children and their families are supported in the state’s effort to overcome school readiness gaps and advance the quality of early childhood education in Maryland. The Purpose The purpose of Project 1 grant funds is to provide support for overcoming local school readiness achievement gaps for children with high needs, including children from low-income families, children with disabilities, and English Language Learners.

  4. Collaboration BetweenMaryland State Department of Education (MSDE) and Annie E. Casey Foundation (AECF) • The Casey Foundation was asked by MSDE to determine how best to provide its results based leadership development tools and skills to support the formation of the local early childhood advisory councils, and the development of impactful local action plans. • AECF and MSDE have worked together for over a year to ensure that a core team of four to six people representing each local council were given the tools and technical assistance support needed through ten (10) days of leadership training and participation. • This collaboration between AECF and MSDE has laid a foundation for the LECACs to identify the high risk population or area to be improved, develop an action plan and implement the goals and strategies using Results Based Accountability (RBA) that will be a part of their locally designed plan. • Technical assistance was provided by AECF on the leadership training skills and by MSDE on the development of their action plans. • In 2014 AECF and MSDE will continue to collaborate to offer booster sessions and create a train-the-trainer model.

  5. Local Early Childhood Advisory Council Governance • Governance Structure • Based on the structure of the State Early Childhood Advisory Council, which currently is under an executive order, but legislation was drafted for consideration this 2014 session. • Each local council must have leadership and representation from the local education agency, local government and diverse group of early childhood stakeholders. • Joint meetings and ongoing communication with the State Council was set in place for the LECACs. • The first point of contact with the LECACs are the Chairs of the local council. Chairs of the LECACs are charged with relaying information to the local planning team and Full LECAC members. This system was intentionally designed to help support the leadership skills of the core planning team acquired through trainings and support to move the work forward. • Each local council is required to name a fiscal agent. • Completed By-Laws are an expectation for each council to include types of members, meeting frequency, attendance guidelines, and council functions.

  6. Baltimore County-Council Structure

  7. Local Early Childhood Advisory Council GovernanceContinued • Local Council Make-Up • Full local council team make-up (15-30+members), including • Representatives of local education agencies’ early childhood general and special education programs, local government representative(s), early childhood service providers, child care resource and referral agencies, Judy Center partnerships, local libraries, and other early childhood stakeholders • Majority, nineteen (19) of the LECACs are chaired by a representative of the Local School System and five (5) are chaired by a representative of the Local Government.

  8. A Quick Look At Some of the LECACs In Action

  9. Chairs and Co-Chairs of the Local Councils and Information on the State and Local Councils http://marylandpublicschools.org/MSDE/divisions/child_care/planning.html http://marylandpublicschools.org/msde.html

  10. Implementation Grant

  11. Implementation Grant • 24 Implementation Grant Applications were received by MSDE December 4, 2013 • Implementation grant funds (determined by a formula that considers high risk populations) will be used to provide support for overcoming local school readiness achievement gaps for children with high needs based on the unique needs of each jurisdiction: • Children from low-income families, children with disabilities, and English Language Learners. • Other identified high needs populations (homeless, child welfare, etc…)

  12. LECAC Target Populations

  13. LECAC Target Population Continued • Poverty/Low Income =17 Jurisdictions • Children with Disabilities= 10 Jurisdictions • English Language Learners (ELL) = 7 Jurisdictions • High Risk Area = 4 Jurisdictions • Home/Informal Care= 4 Jurisdictions

  14. Carroll County LECAC

  15. Connections Made with other RTTT-ELC Projects B-HIPP= 1; Montgomery County Break Through Center = 1; Montgomery County

  16. Notice of Grant Awards will be issued in January and the terms of grant ends June 30, 2015.

  17. Sustaining the LECAC Beyond 2015 • LECACs are including in their membership local foundations, business leaders, religious community, and civic organizations. • Sub-Committees of the Local ECACs are being designed to model the State ECAC subcommittees to suit local needs. Most of the LECACs are including a member within their sub-committee who conveys skills learned in RBA, RBF and Seminars 1-3. • Communication/Social Media- To remain aligned with the current trends, LECACs have become more creative when trying to reach communities and families they serve: Facebook, InstaGram, You Tube (Example video from Carroll County), Texts Messaging, and IBM Smart Cloud. • Partnerships with existing organizations, stakeholders, etc…Several of the LECACs have: joined with Reach Out and Read (ROAR), Learning Parties, Parent Cafes, Family Engagement Coalition and Social Emotional Foundations of Early Learning (SEFEL) according to the needs within their jurisdiction.

  18. RACE TO THE TOP-EARLY LEARNING CHALLENGE Project 1-Establishing Local Early Childhood Advisory Councils (LECAC)http://www.marylandpublicschools.org/msde.html Wendy Baysmore, M.Ed. Grant Specialist, RTTT-ELC Maryland State Department of Education, Division of Early Childhood Development 410.767.3396 voice | 410.333.6226 fax | wbaysmore@msde.state.md.us www.MarylandPublicSchools.org