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UW ECHO in Early Childhood increases the capacity of early childhood professionals to identify and implement best practices in areas that include early literacy, transitions, behavior support and identification, and referral detection.

Network participants include case managers/family service coordinators, general educators, home daycare providers, paraeducators, related service providers (OTs, PT, SLPs, etc.), school administrators, school directors, school counselors, school psychologists, social workers, special educators, state agency staff and all others interested in improving outcomes for students in the early childhood setting.

UW ECHO in Early Childhood is a collaboration with the Wyoming Department of Health and the Wyoming Early Childhood Outreach Network.


Sessions

Sessions are on Fridays, bi-weekly,
1:00 p.m. to 2:15 p.m. MT
via Zoom video conferencing technology.

Instructions for joining Zoom are available. Zoom also provides access for users with physical disabilities, blindness, and low vision through a range of keyboard shortcuts.

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Learning Topics (Spring 2021)

*Session materials will be send to registrants prior to the meeting time.*

January 22: Wyoming's Coherent Path to Quality, Part 1 - Relationships and Interactions

Wyoming’s new Coherent Path to Quality for early childhood is framed upon three foundational dimensions that are linked to improved outcomes for children.  This session will focus on the first dimension, relationships and interactions, and introduce four “simple rules” to guide our practice with children. Participants will discuss examples of quality and reflect on their relationships and interactions with young children.

Presenter: The Wyoming Early Childhood Professional Learning Collaborative

February 5: Wyoming's Coherent Path to Quality, Part 2 - The Emotional and Physical Environment

Wyoming’s new Coherent Path to Quality for early childhood is framed upon three foundational dimensions that are linked to improved outcomes for children.  This session will focus on the second dimension, the emotional and physical environment, and introduce four “simple rules” to guide our practice with children. Participants will discuss examples of quality emotional and physical environments and will reflect on the environments they create for young children.

Presenter: The Wyoming Early Childhood Professional Learning Collaborative

February 19: Wyoming's Coherent Path to Quality, Part 3 - Learning Experiences

Wyoming’s new Coherent Path to Quality for early childhood is framed upon three foundational dimensions that are linked to improved outcomes for children.  This session will focus on the final dimension, learning experiences, and introduce three “simple rules” to help create quality learning experiences. Participants will discuss examples of quality learning experiences and will reflect on the learning experiences they share with young children.

Presenter: The Wyoming Early Childhood Professional Learning Collaborative

March 5: Supporting Young Children Through Transitions, Part 1 - Easing Everyday Transitions

Young children experience a multitude of transitions every day, such as the transition from home to care and education settings, transitions between activities, participation in community events or classes, trips to the store, and wake-up and bedtime routines. Participants will learn about the impact of transitions on young children and will discuss ideas that support successful transitions during the young child’s day. Families and early childhood professionals are encouraged to attend.

Presenter: The University of Wyoming Early Childhood Outreach Network

*Mar 5 Session Registration*

March 19: Supporting Young Children Through Transitions, Part 2 - Life and Family Transitions and Trauma Informed Teaching

As members of families and communities, young children experience life-changing transitions right along with the adults in their lives. Some examples of life transitions include moving, marriage, divorce, death, a new job, or the birth of a sibling. Young children require responsive adult support to make sense of these experiences. Participants will learn about the impact of life-changing transitions on children’s development and will discuss ideas that support healthy responses and resiliency. Principles of trauma informed care will be embedded throughout. Families and early childhood professionals are encouraged to attend.

Presenter: The University of Wyoming Early Childhood Outreach Network

*Mar 19 Session Registration*

April 2: Supporting Young Children Through Transitions, Part 3 - The Transition to Kindergarten

The transition to kindergarten has special significance because it involves multiple complex and interacting factors influencing the child’s experience. A young child’s transition to kindergarten can also have a long-lasting impact on her learning and success in school. Participants will learn from years of research about how children and families experience the transition to kindergarten and will discuss proven strategies to increase the likelihood of success.

Presenter: The University of Wyoming Early Childhood Outreach Network

*Apr 2 Session Registration*

April 16: Supporting Young Children Through Transitions, Part 4 - Innovative Transition Practices Panel

Wyoming communities have had opportunities in the last year to apply for funds to support improved transitions for young children and families. Panelists from communities around the state will present innovative ideas and lessons learned in their efforts to improve transitions for young children in Wyoming.

Panel Facilitated by: The University of Wyoming Early Childhood Outreach Network

*Apr 16 Session Registration*

April 30: Leading Anti-Bias Early Childhood Programs Book Study Panel

Wyoming early childhood leaders participated in a statewide book study of Leading Anti-Bias Early Childhood Programs by ECHO presenter Debbie LeeKeenan in the spring of 2021.  A panel of participants will share about the experience and the action steps they have taken to embrace anti-bias education.

Panel Facilitated by: The Wyoming Early Childhood Professional Learning Collaborative

*Apr 30 Session Registration*

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