With your support, we continue to support our dedicated early educators and home providers as they work hard to provide distance and in-person programming for children. Our Early Literacy Specialists continue provide professional development workshops, coaching, connection, and support for educators virtually. One educator participating in the Story Project shared that they “have learned how to better the children’s knowledge and love of reading more by allowing the kids to be a part of the books, by reading stories with more enthusiasm, and asking more questions that involve the story and the children’s lives.”
We’ve worked to cultivate connection and peer learning between educators virtually. Through our digital platforms, educators share challenges, ideas, and experiences with one another.
One educator shared that, “by continuing to engage in conversations with other educators, [we] are continually challenged and motivated to grow.”
Through our Cuéntame Collaborative project, we continue to empower home-based care providers who care for children in their homes. Providers have engaged in coaching and workshops focused around biliteracy and sharing books in developmentally-appropriate ways, fostering opportunities to support emergent writing, as well as using books as a springboard to foster language-rich environments. Reflecting on her learning, a participating provider shared,
“Cada día es una nueva oportunidad del desarrollo del lenguaje con los niños a travez de la lectura, diferentes actividades, jugando, a la hora de comer, y cuando salimos afuera. [Every day is a new opportunity to develop the language of children through reading, different activities, playing, at mealtime, and when we go outside.]”
Your support makes it possible for us to provide these spaces of community and learning together, even when we cannot be together in person. Thank you for the support you’ve given our community’s educators during this time.