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Early Learning Update August 7, 2020

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Ohio’s Early Learning Assessment Teacher Training

Early Learning Assessment (ELA) training is required for teachers who will be using the assessment. The training is organized in three modules.  Each module consists of independent course work, called Jump Start Modules, and a learning session held in a Zoom virtual classroom. The ELA Jump Start Modules are 30 minutes to one hour in length and are followed by a Zoom session lasting 2-3 hours. Participants will be required to complete and pass two assessments as part of the training: the ELA Simulation assessment and a Content assessment.

Teachers must attend all three Zoom sessions, complete all required independent work, and pass the ELA Simulation and Content assessments to receive credit. Successful completion of the training will provide 10 hours of Ohio Approved Credit. Partial credit is not available.

Registration for the Early Learning Assessment trainings is through the Ohio Professional Registry (OPR) at www.registry.occrra.org

For questions, please contact ELAHelp@education.ohio.gov.

ODE Update for Early Learning Programs August 4, 2020

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Preschool and Kindergarten Data Manager Training Opportunity

KReady Data Manager Webinar: Getting Started Fall 2020

Facilitated by The Management Council

When: Monday, August 10, 10:00am–11:00am

Registration link: https://bit.ly/33xlRYf  

This webinar is primarily for new data managers and will provide information on using the Ready for Kindergarten Online system (KReady) to report Early Learning Assessment (ELA) and Kindergarten Readiness Assessment Revised (KRA-R) scores and data. This session will feature a general overview of the KReady system and address information regarding, Data Manager access, using the Bulk Loader, and Data Formatting. (60 mins) Register here.

This session will be recorded and available for those who are unable to attend.  

For questions, please contact KRAHelp@education.ohio.gov or ELAHelp@education.ohio.gov.

ODE Update for Early Learning Programs July 10, 2020

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Dear Early Learning Assessment Data Managers,

Thank you for your continued efforts to support the early care and education of Ohio’s youngest learners. The following message contains important information about the KReady system closing for last school year and reopening for the coming school year.

  • Data Managers have until close of business July 13 to generate learning progression reports from the 2019-2020 school year. If the school had any teacher enter ratings for spring, we recommend the data manager generate the SKB and Learning Progression reports so that districts and programs have them in the KReady system archive next year.
  • Due to the significant reduction in the number of school days, the Early Learning Assessment spring 2020 administration was not required for any Department-funded Preschool Special Education or Early Childhood Education preschool program. While not required, programs had the option, at their discretion, to complete the assessment with some, or all, of their students. This information may be reported in EMIS or the Enterprise Application System; but, again, it is not required.  The Spring ELA data collection window closed in KReady for teachers on May 14. Teachers can no longer enter spring ratings. The system is not open for a summer data collection.
  • For schools and programs that choose to report ELA ratings in EMIS, the spring Early Learning Assessment Collection (FY20) (2020AGBSP) closes August 28, 2020. You can find that in the EMIS Data collection calendar.
  • The KReady online system will close on July 13 at the close of business and reopen a few days later for loading teachers and students into the 2020-2021 ELA administration.

Questions about the Early Learning Assessment: ELAHelp@education.ohio.gov.  

Contact Information:

Elizabeth.Agnew@education.ohio.gov

Megan.Shuler@education.ohio.gov 

Help Desk:  www.ohio-k12.help or  844-K12-OHIO (844-512-6446) to submit a ticket for technical assistance.

Updated Information on Early Learning and School Readiness and More – April 28, 2020

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Updated information on early learning and school readiness, graduation requirements and reading diagnostic assessments

The Ohio Department of Education today updated its website to reflect updates to early learning and school readiness information, including additional resources for families and caregivers.

Additional details about deadlines for identifying students at risk of not earning a diploma have been posted to the Graduation Requirements page.

Finally, new information about expanded time frames for the administration of reading diagnostic assessments has been added to the Third Grade Reading Guarantee webpage.

Thank you, again, for continuing to serve Ohio’s students and your communities!

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ODE Update for Early Learning Programs April 8, 2020

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Dear Early Learning Professional,

The Office of Early Learning and School Readiness recognizes the important role all of you play in supporting young children and families during the ordered closure and stay-at-home period. We have received numerous questions regarding policies and procedures that are affected during this time, and have created a Frequently Asked Questions document to help answer your questions.  The information in the document is intended to help information the actions of early learning programs during this period. The document is categorized into content-specific sections to assist programs in locating information most pertinent to them. Contact information for additional questions related to the content-specific sections can be found at the end of each section.

We encourage you to visit our website frequently, as the document will be updated as new information becomes available. The latest revision date will be at the top of the document to assist programs in assuring they have the newest information. Please also refer to the Ohio Department of Education’s website for up-to-date information.

Thank you for all you are doing to help support Ohio’s young children and their families.

ODE Update for Early Learning Programs April 3, 2020

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Dear Early Learning Provider,

Due to the temporary closure of child care in Ohio as outlined in the Executive Order, the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services (ODJFS) is implementing system changes to the Ohio Child Licensing and Quality System (OCLQS) for Step Up To Quality (SUTQ). These changes include a 6-month extension of expiration dates for ongoing registrations (renewals) and anniversary dates for annual reports. This means that no program will have an annual report or rating renewal due before October 2020.

During this period, all SUTQ ratings will be held constant to the rating that existed for programs as ofThursday, March 26, 2020. Programs receiving their initial rating after March 26, 2020 will not be affected by this extension. Any ratings that have expired since March 26, 2020 are in the process of being restored to the previous rating in the OCLQS system. Any desk reviews that are currently in process in the system will remain on hold and will not close in the system.

Please disregard any system email reminders that do not reflect this extension. New reminders will be generated based on the new dates and will supersede any notifications previously received.

ODE program staff working remotely may choose to continue to complete Step Up To Quality work for annual reports, ongoing registrations, and desk review revisions already in process. ODE specialists are continually reviewing submitted SUTQ documentation during this time of school building closure. ODJFS is not completing SUTQ initial registrations, desk reviews, annual reports or onsite verification visits due to the closure of all child care programs and schools in Ohio.

As a reminder, Amended Substitute House Bill 197 extended the deadline to September 1, 2020 for programs providing publicly funded child care (PFCC) to be SUTQ rated. This means that any program providing PFCC has until September 1, 2020 to become SUTQ rated. Programs with a provider agreement that are not rated will be able to continue providing PFCC after July 1, 2020.

If you have questions about the OCLQS system changes please contact the ODJFS Child Care Help Desk at 1-877-302-2347, option 1.

If you have any questions about SUTQ for ODE programs, please email SUTQ@education.ohio.gov

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Covid-19 FAQ Update

Coronavirus School Updates and Information from the Ohio Department of Education – April 2, 2020

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Important new documents, resources and updates from the Ohio Department of Education

Today, Governor DeWine announced Ohio’s “Stay at Home” order will be extended through May 1. As families and educators settle in to a new and different way of teaching and learning, the Ohio Department of Education applauds your efforts and thanks you for all you are doing to rise to the challenges we all are facing.

In a continuing effort to provide updated information regarding Ohio’s coronavirus-related school-building closure, the Ohio Department of Education today released important new documents, family and educator resources and updates related to the following subject areas:

Remote Learning Resource Guide
A new Remote Learning Resource Guide is available to assist parents, families, caregivers and educators as they navigate the world of remote learning during Ohio’s ordered school-building closure.

State Testing
With the passage of HB 197 and the approval of federal waiver requests, new information about State Testing during the Ordered School-Building Closure has been made available to help explain the latest developments.

Early Learning and School Readiness
A new document has been posted to help explain how Early Learning and School Readiness efforts are impacted by the coronavirus-related closures and changes.

Community Schools
As community schools navigate what the school-building closure order means for them, new information regarding Considerations for Community Schools and Sponsors has been posted.

Whole-Child Nutrition Updates
As many schools continue to provide meals to students during this time, we are committed to updating our available information on this topic as new details emerge. A new memo regarding Area Eligibility Policy was issued to provide additional direction to food sites. And important updates about new waivers has been added to the Emergency Feeding Application Process for Schools and Sponsors document.

We will continue to provide updated information as it becomes available so please keep checking back at www.education.ohio.gov/coronavirus.

Finally, hang in there! You’re doing a great job! We are so proud of Ohio’s education community and all the amazing things you’re doing to support Ohio’s students during this time.

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ODE Update for Early Learning Programs March 25, 2020

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Dear School-Age Child Care and/or Preschool Administrators in Ohio Department of Education-Licensed Sites,

On Sunday March 22, 2020, Governor DeWine announced all child care providers in the state of Ohio must stop operating as of Thursday, March 26, 2020, unless designated as a pandemic child care program. This means all school-age child care programs and preschools licensed by the Ohio Department of Education must be closed, unless they have received designation as a pandemic child care program from the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services. A school district can apply for this designation, as can another entity (for example, a YMCA or parks and recreation center) that plans to use a school building as the pandemic child care program location.

To learn more about the parameters and application process to seek and become designated as a pandemic child care program, click here. Please take note of the reduced maximum class size and teacher-to-student ratios required to operate with this temporary license. To speak to a child care specialist at the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services, call the Child Care Help Desk at (877) 302-2347. The Ohio Department of Education cannot make this designation for any program. For other questions about licensing or Step Up To Quality, please contact the Ohio Department of Education at OELSR.licensing@education.ohio.gov.

ODE Update for Early Learning Programs March 16, 2020

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ODE Licensed preschool or school-age child care provider, grantee, or early childhood program administrator:

Ohio Department of Education continues to place resources on its website, including a printable prevention checklist, FAQ, and Guidance for K – 12 schools.

More information is forthcoming and will be posted to the Ohio Department of Education website as it becomes available. 

The FAQ linked above specifically includes guidance around the applicability of school closures for preschool classrooms. Here are the highlights: Preschool classrooms licensed by the Ohio Department of Education are mandated to close. School-Age Child Care programs licensed by the Ohio Department of Education can stay open at the discretion of the operating entity.

Ohio schools and community sponsors may operate under a waiver to serve meals in a non-congregate setting and at school sites during school closures related to the coronavirus. Preschool and child care administrators/directors are encouraged to contact your local school district to inquire about emergency meal service and provide this information to the households. 

Guidance on special education is being completed and will be shared as soon as it is finalized.

The Centers for Disease Control has new information available on its website specifically for child care and early childhood programs including:
•         Interim Guidance for Administrators
•         FAQs for Administrators
•         Cleaning and Disinfecting Recommendations
•         Checklists for Teachers, Parents and Administrators and
•         Talking with Children about Coronavirus Disease 2019
 
For those of you serving younger children, guidance is available from Zero to Three with tips for parents talking about coronavirus with their children.

Be safe and well and email us with specific questions you may have at ELSR@education.ohio.gov
We’ve received many important questions already and we are working to provide the answers.
Thank you for your patience and thank you for everything you do for Ohio’s children.