New Course from ChildCare Education Institute on Art in Early Learning

Atlanta, GA, Oct. 08, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — ChildCare Education Institute® (CCEI), an online child care training provider dedicated exclusively to the early care and education workforce, is proud to introduce CUR126: Art in Early Learning to the online child care training course catalog.

There is a common phrase, “It′s the process, not the product.” This means that children can explore the materials in the art center and simply enjoy what happens. For young children, the process of creating is more important than the product they develop.  Young children are very creative and enjoy using different materials to express their ideas.  As children pound on clay, dab paint on paper, glue things together, or scribble with crayons, they begin to understand their world and how to control the tools they use.  Playing with a basic material like modeling clay holds a child’s interest, lengthening their attention span while allowing

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Pass Proposition EE to support early childhood education

Christina N. Taylor
Published 7:00 a.m. MT Oct. 7, 2020

I’m writing to urge Larimer County residents to consider a “yes” vote on Proposition EE, a statewide tobacco/vaping tax that will allow us to provide universal access to preschool for 4-year-olds in Colorado.

This measure will go a long way in closing the educational gap for our state’s preschoolers, and is an important first step in increasing educational access and equity for Colorado children.

Research continually demonstrates that early childhood education is one of the very best investments we can make for our children, with an estimated return on investment of $8.60 for every dollar spent.

It is important to note how much we’ve learned over the past few months about educational access in our community. As schools shut down in March due to COVID-19 restrictions, and families were forced to choose between working or

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New Britain to shift Roosevelt Early Learning Center, two Lincoln KEY Program classrooms to online learning after multiple positive COVID-19 cases

One New Britain schools program and another early learning center will close in-person classes and move to remote learning for two weeks after multiple COVID-19 cases were confirmed across the district.

Several cases were confirmed at Lincoln KEY Program, Roosevelt Early Learning Center and Smith Elementary School on Friday, although school officials did not specify how many positive cases were discovered or whether they were students or staff members.

The Roosevelt Early Learning Center and two classrooms of the Lincoln Key Program will now shift to online-only learning until at least Oct. 19, the district wrote in a message posted online Friday afternoon.

The New Britain Public Health Determined the cases at Smith elementary were isolated and no closures are required there, according to the message.

Earlier this week, multiple positive cases across four schools prompted closures Wednesday and Thursday at Pulaski Middle School and Holmes Elementary School. Other cases

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BEGiN Raises $50M From LEGO, Sesame and Gymboree to Scale Early Education Services

Researchers estimate that 85 to 90 percent of a child’s brain is developed by the age of five. But studies suggest that less than 4 percent of public education investments go to programs serving children during this critical period.

That disconnect—between the importance of those early years, and the shortage of capital available for supporting programs—was part of what drove Neal Shenoy to launch BEGiN, an early-education media company, in 2012. In other words, he says, “there’s a gap between the most important part of a child’s life, and where we spend the dollars.”

As a result, parents often chip in—to the tune of $42 billion a year, per a recent estimate from the Economic Policy Institute.

Some of that spending has likely helped grow Shenoy’s business, though right now capital isn’t a concern—thanks to a $50 million Series C investment from some of the biggest players in the children’s

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Early childhood education virtual jobs event series to help fill workforce loss from COVID-19

NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) — The Hampton Roads Workforce Council has partnered with Eastern Virginia Medical School’s Minus 9 to 5 to connect community members with jobs in early childhood education in an effort to help with the jobs deficit COVID-19 has created.

The virtual event series targets teachers, teaching assistants and childcare support staff in the field of early childhood education.

About 60 employers from across Hampton Roads will take part in the virtual series.

They are broken up by cities. On Tuesday, there will be an opportunity for people looking for early childhood jobs in Virginia Beach from 10 to noon.

Other cities follow in the coming weeks.

You RSVP, login to the watch the Zoom presentations from the employers, and then follow up contact information for job applications.

Jacqueline Rondeau, business services coordinator for the Hampton Roads Workforce Council, says this is a great time and opportunity to

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ASU ending in-person classes early, moving up final exams


Students walk across the bridge above University Drive the day before school opens on Aug. 19, 2020, at Arizona State University in Tempe. (Photo: Sean Logan/The Republic)

Arizona State University announced Friday that students will end in-person classes early this semester and switch to a fully remote learning model after Thanksgiving break.

Students received the email from ASU Provost Mark Searle at 4:20 p.m. The email also said that final exams will bump up a week and be held on the last day of class, now starting on Nov. 30 instead of Dec. 7. Also, graduation ceremonies will be held online only.

ASU announced Thursday that 1,580 students have tested positive for COVID-19 since Aug. 1 as have 30 staff and faculty members out of 57,629 tests given — a 2.8% positivity rate. Although ASU’s positivity rate has been rising, a positivity rate of 5% is considered a good 

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