Introduction to LENA for Head Start Association Staff

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Join LENA, a national nonprofit, to learn about how we partner with Head Start programs to promote language and literacy skill development in both center- and home-based programs. LENA uses an innovative, research-based approach that provides objective data on children’s talk environments to help foster a positive climate and improve child outcomes without increasing provider stress. This objective data is particularly critical amidst increasing concern that social distancing and mask requirements are curtailing teacher-child interactions.

Head Start Funding Opportunities

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This fall, there are a number of funding opportunities available through the Office of Head Start. These include expanding Early Head Start Child Care Partnerships and state-specific opportunities, among others. Yvette Sanchez Fuentes, the former director of the Office of Head Start, and Dr. Candice N. Pittman, program manager with the Mississippi Head Start Association, will walk us through these opportunities and answer any accompanying questions.

Mitigating the Academic and Social Impacts of COVID-19 in Child Care

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As child care starts to re-open, COVID-19 recommendations are changing the way child care providers are able to interact with children and support their early academic and social development. In this webinar, we’ll hear directly from providers in three states on how COVID-19 recommendations have impacted their work. Join us for a conversation on how we can continue to adapt while creating a positive learning environment where interactions matter, now more than ever.

Creating Inclusive and Equitable Classroom Experiences

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LENA and Trust for Learning both recognize the importance of language and interaction to boost early brain development and set children up for a lifetime of learning success. Sign up for this webinar to learn more about what equity looks like in early childhood classrooms along with concrete strategies for supporting coaches, teachers, and administrators in fostering more equitable classroom environments.