Conversation on Early Learning with Bright Spots Across the Country

My Name Is Jacqueline Cortez-Wang From The White House Initiative On Educational Excellence For Hispanics Deputy Director Welcome To The Bright Spot In Hispanic Education Google Hangout Aimed At Highlighting The Good Work That Organizations Are Doing Across The Nation To Reduce The Achievement Gap For Hispanics As You May Recall As Part Of Our 25th Anniversary Our Initiative Made A National Call For Bright Spots In Hispanic Education And Announced Their Two Hundred And Thirty Organizations Programs And Initiatives That Are Working To Close The Achievement Gap For Hispanics To Elevate The Work Including Promising Practices Of These Bright Spots And Learn From Their Experience Our Initiative Has Hosted A Series Of Google Hangouts On Educational Topics Of Interest Over The Last Few Months Today’ Interactive Session Will Provide An Opportunity To Hear From Some Of Our Bright Spot Moving The Needle On Progress Forward In The Area Of Early Learning As A Mother Of A Two-Year-Old This Topic Is Very Near And Dear To My Heart So I’m Really Excited To Hear What These Bright Spots Are Here To Share I’m Joined Here By My Colleague Libby Doggett Deputy Assistant Secretary In The Office Of Early Learning At The Is Department Of Education Who Will Serve As Our Subject Matter Expert We’re Also Joined By Nine Right By Organizations Throughout The Country Who Lead The Effort And Providing The Hispanic Community With Access To Quality Early Learning Program Including ACE A Community For Education Parent-Child Home Program, Committee For Hispanic Children And Families Los Angeles Universal Preschool Notre Dame ACE Academy Port Salerno Talks Early Learning Initiative The Parent-Child Home Program And Vision To Learn We’ll Invite Our Bright Spots To Tell Us A Little About Their Organization And What They’re Doing To Reduce The Achievement Gap For Hispanics First ACE A Community For Education From The University Of Texas In Texas Hi, There At ACE A Community Education We Work To Ensure That All Children Get Off To A Strong Start In Reading And Become Proficient Readers By Third Grade Setting Them On A Path To Success In School And In Life And In With A Huge Need For This Work In Central Texas We Have A Fastest Growing 0-5 Year-Old Population Large Percentage Are Hispanic And Likely To Be Living In Poverty A Lot Of Our Kids End Up When They Start School Already Behind And So We Meet This Need By Placing About A Hundred Full-Time Americorps Members Into Low Income Schools In Central Texas Where They Worked Full Time With Kindergarten First And Second Graders To Close That Achievement Gap We’re A Fully Bilingual Programs 75% Of Our Children Are Hispanic And About Half Of Them We Are Serving In Spanish As Well As In English We Are Very Honored To Be Here Thank You ACE Next The Parent-Child Home Program From New York. We Are Delighted To Be Here Today And Delighted To Be A Bright Spot. The Parent-Child Home Program Focus Is On The Gap Getting Rid Of The Preparation Gap We Do That Work Through Intensive (Inaudible) For The Two Years Before Their Children Enter A Four Year Prek Head Start Program The Families Receive 92 Visits Over A Two Year Period And Each Of Those Home Visits A Home Visitor Models A Parent And Child Together Reading Playing Conversation Activities That Built Language Literacy Socio-Emotional We Serve Families In Their Native Language A Home Visitor Speaks Their Language And Shares A Background With Them Nationally 60 Percent Of The Families We Work With Are English Language Learners And A Vast Majority Are Spanish Speakers We Are Delighted To Be Doing This Work (Inaudible) Rights Child Is Getting An Early Language Thank You So Much Next I’d Like To Introduce Port Salerno Early Learning Language Initiative From Florida Hi The Port Salerno Talks Team Is Honored To Be Part Of The National Dialogue On Early Learning And Hispanic Education Port Salerno Talks Is A Joint School Community Family Engagement Initiative In Martin County Florida PST Was Formed As A Response To The Significantly Low Levels Of School Readiness As Demonstrated By Incoming Kindergarten Students The Program Seeks To Prevent The Achievement Gap From Forming By Partnering With Families In The Martin County School District Provide Them With Early Language Interventions The Goal Of The Intervention Is Twofold To Educate Parents Regarding The Critical Nature Of Early Language Acquisition And To Give Parents The Tools And Strategies Necessary To Craft Meaningful Support

Of Interactions With Their Children In Their Home Language Beginning At Birth Our First Session Served 18 Families Which Collectively Had A Total Of 58 Children All Of Whom Are Hispanic And Non Native English Speakers First Language Of The Families Included Spanish Naolan Cotoname In Our Current Session We’re Partnering With 25 Families With A Collective Seventy Seven Children We Look Forward To Sharing What We’ve Learned As An Initiative And From Learning From Our Fellow Bright Spots Thank You So Much Next I’d Like To Introduce Vision To Learn From California Buonos Dias And Buonas Trades Good Afternoon And Good Morning To Some Of You Were Delighted To Be Here Part Of This Google Hangout Vision To Learn Provides Free Eye Exams And Free Eye Glasses To Students In Low-Income Communities To Improve Their Ability To Succeed In School And In Life Our Trained Optometrists And Optimists Travel Directly To Schools And Community Events And Health Fairs In A Mobile Vision Clinic And Provides Eye Exams To Students On-Site We Serve Title 1 Students Throughout California Delaware Hawaii Iowa And Most Recently Baltimore This Year We Plan To Pilot Programs In Several Additional States Are Goes Not Just That Students Will Get Classes But They Love Their Classes Each Student Picks Their Own High Quality Frames From A Wide Variety Of Popular Culture We Just Give It All Classes Parties At Schools To Show Kids That Is Cool To Receive Classes We Partner With Sports Teams Like The Los Angeles Dodgers LA Clippers The Golden State Warriors And Highly Athletes Who Wear Glasses Work Since 2002 We Have Provided Over 53,000 Exams And Over Forty Thousand Pairs Of Glasses Thank You So Much For Joining Us I’m Obviously A Very Big Fan Of The Glasses Next I’d Like To Introduce The Notre Dame ACE Academy From Indiana My Name Is Tyrone I’m The Principal Here At St. John The Evangelist In Tucson Arizona To Understand Ace Especially The Two Aces In This Program Our ACE Stands For The Alliance For Catholic Education And Point Simply ACE Is University Of Notre Dame Response To The Challenges That American Education System Is Facing And Work To Make Catholic Schools Excellent Accessible To Every Child There Is A Number Of Programs And Services Within ACE As Well As A Teacher Formation Program And Leadership Program. ACE Also Informs Public Policy And Also ACE Creates A New Innovating Schools Models And That’s Where We Come In As A Notre Dame ACE Academy It’s A Comprehensive Partnership With The University Of Notre Dame And We Are Here As First Of Three That Started In Tucson, Arizona Currently There Are Eight Schools And Next Year Will Be A Total Of 14 Schools In The Network ACE Has Over 22 Years Of Experience Working With Schools As Well As Over A Hundred And Eighty Thousand Students The Staff Members Behind Me Here Have Been Working On Six Years And Our Kindergarten Kids We Are 80% Are On Free And Reduced Lunch And For The Past Six Years They Have Been In The Top 10 Percent In Reading And Top 20 Percent In Mathematics In The ITPS Test Scores. We Are Super Excited To Be A Part Of This. As The Ladies Behind Me Are Doing Amazing Things Thank You So Much Next Los Angeles Universal Preschool From California Good Morning Everyone, I’m Celia Ayala We Are Privilege To Be Part Of The Bright Spots And Recognized For The Work We Do For The Youngest Children, 0-5. LAUP Has Been Around Since 2004 We Were Established By First 5 LA Through A (Inaudible) Tax And Primarily To Provide A Quality Preschool Programs For Four Year Olds. Since Then Through Early Child Grants And Others We Have Focuses On The 0-5 Population. But Today, We Are Privileged And Proud To Say We Are Helping 50,000 Children To Be Kinder Ready And To Be Successful In School And In Life. The Los Angeles Universal Preschool Better Known As LAUP Because We Do More Than Preschool, We Are About Quality Early Care In Education We Focus On The Child But A Lot Of The Work That We Do Is Through The Workforce So We Have A Workforce Development Consortium And We Also Focus On Working With Parents The First Primary Teachers Of The Children Are Their Parents So Family Engagement And Family Strengthening Resources Are Some Of The Work We Do. We Are Transition Instead Of Funding Programs For Spaces To Maintain Our Efforts On Improving Quality For Early Care Education And We Are Going To Be Doing That Through A Quality Early

Learning Improvement System But A Big Part Of Moving Our Organization Forward Is Through Our Public Policy Agenda Its Great To Be Recognized As A Bright Spot And Happy To Join All Of The Two Hundred Plus That Were Thank You So Much And Now For The Committee On Hispanic Children And Families Hi For 34 Years CHCF Has Combined Education And Advocacy To Improve Our Opportunities And Outcomes For Our Families And Children In New York City Especially For Latino Families At Our Early Care Institute We Improved Early Childhood Outcomes By Focusing On The Professionalization Of The Family Childcare Sector We Do This By Providing Evidence Based Spanish Language Trainings And Meeting Providers Where They Are. We Also Provide We Have A Hotline Where We Provide Quality In-Depth Spanish Language And Cultural Sensitive Resources For Parents Seeking Early Childcare. We’re Really Excited To Be Here Today Thank You Thank You CHCF So Now I’d Like To Go Ahead And Start Our Question And Answer Portion Of This Google Hangout This First Question Goes To ACE A Community For Education. How Does ACE Address The Needs Of English Language Learners To Ensure They Get Off To A Strong Start In School So Here In Central Texas Our Partner School Districts Have A Very Strong Dual Language Emphasis And Really Are Hoping That Children Who Come To Our Schools As Native Spanish Speakers Will Become Biliterate And As Well As A Bilingual And Because We Are Fully Bilingual Program We Can Address Those Foundational Skills In Reading In Both Languages And We Know That A Child’s Literacy Skills If They Are Strong In Their First Language That Will Support Their Learning A Second Language And One Of Our Bilingual Teacher’s Maddie Is Here And She Has A Perfect Example That She’ll Share Quickly. Hi I Have A Student Who Is In First Grade And He Came In Only Really Speaking And Reading In Spanish He In A Mix Language Classroom Though He Gets Instruction In Both Spanish And English And Making Him He Was Behind Grade Level And At The End Of The Year He’s On Track To Be On Grade Level For The Year And I’ve Also Just Seen Him Really Grow In Confidence With His Skills In Spanish Reading Which Ultimately Has Transferred To Competence And Reading In English His Second Language And Verbal Skills Writing Skills All Around Improvement In His Work I Want To Ask You A Question That’s Not On Your List I Hope You’re All I Was Delighted To Talk To People From Austin Since That’s My Hometown I’m Really Interested In Seeing More Hispanic Families And Families That Don’t Speak English Don’t Really Feel Comfortable Teaching Their Kids Their Own Language Kids Are Gonna Learn English Because They’re Here And Its Surrounds Them But We Really Want Them To Be Able To Learn Two Languages And It Actually These Kids Come In And They Have A Gift They Have An Advantage And We Haven’t Treated It That Way We Have Not Told Parents Talk To Your Kids In Your Home Language Where You Feel Comfortable Are You Seeing More Families Feeling Comfortable Doing That And Are We Giving Those Messages Out You Know I I Do Think That We Partner With A Lot Of Organizations Like Some Of The Bright Spots Here That Are Here In Central Texas That Work With The Families Before School And I Think That Message Is Very Clear And Those Organizations While They’re Serving Largely Hispanic Populations We Have A Growing We Have A Strong Vietnamese Large Population Growing Refugee Population And I Think That Message Is Clear I Have Seen A Real Shift I’ve Been Doing This Work For 21 Years And I’ve Seen A Real Shift In The School District’s Embracing I Think We Used To Get Kids Out Of Spanish As Quickly As We Could In Seventh Grade Me And Say Hey Do You Want To Take Spanish And So I Think We’re Really Embracing That The Children Come In With The Skill Set That We Can Nurture And Develop As Well As Obviously They Need Strong Skills In English Thank You This Next Question Is For Notre Dame ACE Academy What Strategy Do You Use To Actively Engage And Involve Parents In Your Students Ongoing Academic Formation Especially In The Primary Grades This Year, We Adopted The PTAT Which Stands For Parent Teacher Academic Training What That Does Is A Framework That Effectively Builds Capacity In Order To Support Family Teacher Engagement So It Kind Of Takes The Place Of Your Traditional Parent-Teacher Conference And It’s Built With More Collaborative Developmental Process It’s Very Intentional Strategically Done And Systemically Done To Support Parents And Other Family Members To Do Activities With The Child On Targeted Areas And Skills At Home That They’re Learning

In Classroom Its Very Effective And It Builds That Community Relationship Overall That’s Actually One Of The Most Effective Family Engagement Techniques I’ve Seeing Lately And I’m So Glad You’re Doing It They’re Certainly Doing It Here In The Washington Dc-Area And I Think It’s One Of The Reasons The Schools Have Improve So Rapidly So Thank You All For That I’d Also Like To Ask How Do You Or Your Family’s Needs How Much They Need To Pay For The Preschool Program That’s A Great Questions We Actually Meet With Each Family Currently And Work Out Something According To Need We Are A School Choice State In Arizona So We Know That We Can Work With Them In The Early Childhood Preschool Program That In Kindergarten We Have Scholarships That Will Fund Helps Them To And Also Further Than That We Remove Barriers To Enrollment Actually In My First Year As Principal I Remember A Parent Come In Who Couldn’t Pay Our Fifty Dollar Registration Fee And She Walked Away From A Five Thousand Dollar Scholarship So We’ve Removed All Registration Fees We’ve Removed All The Paperwork Associated With Enrolling A Child Into Our School As Long As We Have Your Commitment And Your Desire To Want To Be In A Catholic School We Feel It Is Our Obligation To Provide The Best Way To Get You In And As Easiest As Possible Thank You This Next Question Is From The Parent-Child Home Program Why Does Your Home Visiting Model Work And How Is It Different From Other Early Childhood Education Programs Thank You That’s A Great Question So It’s Different From Other Early Childhood Program Because Families When Their Children Are Turning Into And Somethings Before Because We Go Into The Child’s Families Twice A Week Over A Two Year Period And We Are Able To Impact The Home’s Environment And As We Know Through Twelfth Grade The Home Environment Is Where Children Spent The Most Time So That Impact Our Home Environment And Improving Parent Knowledge Skills And Materials That They Need To Get Their Kids Ready For School And To Stand As Their Children’s Advocates (Inaudible) And It So Critical And This Ties Back To Libby’s Question To ACE Earlier Which Is It Is Really Important To Get Into The Homes With Messages Like The Value Of Speaking To Your Children In Your Native Language And Building Strong Native Language Skills Before Children Enter School And If We Don’t Reach Parents Early With Those Messages They Don’t Hear That And Get Worried About Interfering With Their Children Too Much So We Are In There Early Intensively With The Home Visitors We Sit Down And Finding And Highlighting To Parents The Gift They Are Giving To Their Children By Giving Them Strong Native Language Skills That They Learn When They Get To School And They Will Become Exactly The Type Of Bilingual Citizens That We Want And Looking For Great Sara Its Good Seeing You And Your Team And Congratulations On Being A Bright Spot I Know You All Are Collecting A Lot Of Data. That’s One Of The Wonderful Thing About Home Visiting Is That We Have Such Good Data To Show. What Data Do You Have Around Impact On Latino Families So We Seem To Have Lost Them So I’m Going To Turn It Over To Jaqueline And She Has A Question For Port Salerno. SO How Can We Step Out Of Silos To Better Collaborate And To Prevent The Achievement Gap Thank You You So Do The Work Of Port Salerno Talks We’ve Created A Structure For Early Collaboration Between Parents Educators Our Community In Order To Solve The Word Gap Problem And Ultimately Close The Achievement Gap But The Most Important Component Of This Collaboration Is Parents We’re Even Shifting Our Language Around How We Speak About Parents We’re Not Empowering Them Parents Have The Power Already All We’re Doing Is Supporting Parents And Using Their Home Language To Build Their Child’s Brain But While Families Are The Key We Also Need A Community-Wide Paradigm Shift No Single Organization Or Group Owns This Work Alone The Entire Community Has A Hand In Ensuring That Our Children Are Ready For Success In School And Life We All Play A Role In Partnering With Parents To Provide Them With The Tools And Strategies Necessary To Establish A Really Rich Home Language Environment It’s Just That Each Of Our Roles Take On A Slightly Different Form If We Truly Seek To Move The Needle We Need Hospitals Pediatricians Social Service Organizations Libraries And Schools Working Together Stepping Out Of Silos To Close The Word Gap Has Multiple Benefits Not Only Does It Allow Different Organizations To Capitalize On Their Resources To Approach The Problem But It Also Allows Parents And Families Multiple Points Of Entry Into Services If The Entire Community Is Working Collaboratively To

Close The Gap Then We Ensure That Parents Are Hearing The Same Powerful Message To A Variety Of Trusted Messengers The Job Of Closing The Gap Belongs To All Of Us The Community Has To Own This Work And Parents Have To Own This Work And They Have A Hand In Crafting That We Have An Opportunity To Really Redefined How And When We Collaborate To Engage Families In Early Learning That’s Fantastic We All Know That Children Are Born Learning But For People Who Aren’t On This Google Hangout May Not Know That How Are You Talking To The Rest Of The Community And Actually How Do You Talk To Parents Who Don’t Really That This Brand New Baby Really Is A Brain Just Waiting To Be Stimulated How Early Do You Tell Them When Learning Starts We Tell Them It Starts At Birth Actually It Really Starts Before Birth We Know That The Ear Is Formed At The 20th Week Of Gestation So Babies Are Born Already Hearing So To Delve Into That Early Language Development We Know That That’s The Foundation For Literacy And That’s The Thing That We Are Stressing With Our Community That This Early Foundation Is Really The Key To Literacy Because We Know That There Are Many Programs That Are Going On In Our Country About Reading But We Know That Language Is That Foundation Thank You So My Next Question Is Going To Vision To Learn How Large Is The Unmet Need For Glasses Among Hispanic Youth And How Does It Impact Our Student Hi Everyone Sure Well We Estimate That There Are About Two Million Students Nationwide That Need The Glasses Need Glasses To Actually Be Able To Read The Board Read A Book And Complete Their Math Homework We Also Know That 80% Of Early Learning And Visual Yet Ninety-Five Percent Of Incoming First-Graders Who Need Glasses Don’t Actually Have Them And This Is Especially Prevalent In The Latino Low-Income Communities And Students With Uncorrected Vision Problems Often Avoid Reading They Suffer Headaches They Have Trouble Focusing In The Classroom And Eventually All Of This Leads To Larger Symptoms And So Students Won’t Have The Proficiency In Reading And Learning By The Time They Reach 3rd Grade Which Can Eventually Lead To Just Being Completely Disengaged Then Eventually Dropping Out So Incredibly Important Great I Think You Made A Compelling Case For Us What Are Some Of The Barriers To Access For Kids Getting Glasses And How Are You Addressing Those There’s A Lot Of Reasons Why Student Even If They’ve Been Recommending Through A Vision Screening To Go See An Optometrist To Get Glasses Might Not Connect The Dots And Actually Get That Examine And Glasses There Are Transportation Hurdles There Might Be A Lack Of Available Providers In The Area Confusion About Payment About How Much It Might Cost And Even Just Awareness About The Importance Of Getting That Exam So Vision To Learn Program Model Uses Mobile Clinics We Take Clinic Staff With Licensed Optometrist And Optician Directly To School Sites And We Serve The Whole School At Once So Every Child Who Has Failed Vision Screening An Eye Chart If You Will Come Out To The Clinic Will Be Seen By The Optometrist Given A Full Eye Exam And Then If They Are Prescribed Glasses They Choose Right There On The Clinic From A Variety Of Different Sizes And Colors Of Frames We Come Back A Couple Weeks Later And Provide All The Glasses To The School At Once And Classes Party To Get The Kids Excited About Wearing Them And Make Sure That Any Social Stigma Is Eliminated And Through This Process It Makes It Easier For Schools And Parents And Students To Get The Glasses They Need I Want You To Look At These Cool Glasses On Jaqueline What Kind Of Frames Are Those They Are Very Cheap I Can Tell You That Don’t You Like That Some Kids Might Want Glasses Even If They Don’t Need Sometimes We Give Kids Sunglasses If They’re Really Desperate To Get Glasses And They Don’t Need Them But Yeah The Social Stigma That Many Of Us Had As Kids Is Gone When Kids Come To Our Program They Come Running To The Cafeteria To Get Their Glasses They Are Very Excited I Have A Few Nephews Who Say That They Want Glasses But They Don’t Need Them And They’re Disappointed So Time Has Definitely Changed Since When I Was A Kid The Next Question Is Going To LAUP In California Given The Population That LAUP Serves More Than 60% Latino How Do Address The Linguistic And Cultural Needs Of This Community Leaders So We Have 600 Providers And They Come From Public And Private And A Lot Of It Have To Do With Teacher Training Institutes In Terms Of Making Sure The Teachers Have The Tools, The Skills, And The Materials To Be Able To Welcome The Children And The

Family So Part Of It Is Where They Are In The Community And To Ensure We Value The Family Linguistically And Culturally But Also Making Sure The Teachers Know How Second Language Or Dual Language Learners (Inaudible) So Many Of Them Already Come With Two Languages That We Value The Language We Also Make Sure That We Work With Other Communities Because Although 68% Are Latinos We Have 144 Languages And A Significant Population In Particular Korean Armenian Indian And Obviously Chinese Communities So We Work With How We Can Value The Home Language But Also We Are Working With The Parents With Take Time Talk In Terms Of Going Back The Question That Was Raised The Parents Can Teach So Much Of The Vocabulary That When The Children Come With A Separate Or Different Home Language That We Have Staff In Each Of The Communities That Can Address And Welcome Them With The Appropriate Support And Materials That They Need In Every Part Of The Community In The Greater Los Angeles County Area Celia Thank You So Much For All You Have Done And For All That You Are Doing Its Pretty Excited To Have You As A Bright Spot How Doe Engage The Parents Of Latino Children Who Speak Spanish But Have Very Low Literacy Skills A Lot Of It Is Working With Our Take Time Talk Its Just Talking With Our Children Singing To Our Children We Know That In The Latino Culture There’s A Lot Of Storytelling There’s A Lot Of Singing And We Talk About Without Research Language Talk About The Importance Just Touching Singing And Talking To Their Children And They Not Be Able To Read Themselves But To Be Able To Speak To Their Children And Having Their Children Do Bookwork And Become Comfortable With That Transition From Home To School Like They Are Going To Become From Preschool To Kindergarten So It’s About Valuing The Language Of The Home Without Having To Be Limited In Terms Of Reading Really They Have A Lot To Offer Their Children Through Their Stories And Through Their Ambiciones Y Canciones That They Can Work With Their Children At Whatever Level Of Literacy That They Have Its Making Them Feel Comfortable And Partnering Up With The Media Riverside California Has A Terrific Campaign Of Sign Talk Read To Your Child Just Language Alone To Eradicate The 30 Million Word Gap By The Time Our Children Get To Be 3 Years Old Let Me Ask One Quick Follow Up If You Have A Family That Speaks A Language Other Than Spanish You Know And You Don’t Have A Staff Person What Do You Do In That Case We Reach Out To The Community Based Organizations That We Have Call Best Story LA That’s Also In Partnership With First Five LA And We Reach Out To Agencies In The Community Because Even In Spanish There’s Dialects Who Are Part Of Mexico Or Central America But In The Korean Community Or In The Asian Community We Work With Volunteers And Our Parents Volunteer At The Schools To Ensure That Our Children Are Not Being Left Behind Because The Teacher The Primary Teacher Does Not Speak Their Language So Its Being Able To I Think It Was The Second Organization It Truly Becomes A Community Approach To Teaching And Learning We Use The Resources Of The Community To Ensure That We Do Not Leave Any Child Behind Great Thank You This Next Question Is For The Committee For Hispanic Children And Families How Does CHCF Support School Readiness In The Education Sphere Sure So We Promote School Readiness In Early Education Predominantly Through Professionalize And Support The Family Child Care Sector Through Any Way We Can The Reason For This Is That In Family Child Care Homes That Are Quality Programs That Come With Evidence Based Curriculum That Aware Of The Regulations And Feel Well Supported And Prepared To Spend The Ten Hours Of Each Day That These Providers Do Work With Children What We Are Really Doing Is Enabling Those Providers Not Only To Feel Empowered But Effectively Learning Content And One Way We Do That Is Through Our

Training Coach Jen Can You Tell Us A Little Bit More About That Sure Similar To What We Have Said The Trainings That We Provide In The Home Language Our Childcare Providers I Think A Great Part Of Our Training Is That We Make Sure That The Content Is Culturally Sensitive The Child Care Providers Are Also Able To Connect With One Another And Form Networks Kinda Informal Support Networks And Share Day To Day Experiences And Really Build On You Know The Strengths That They Have Culturally And Some Characters Great I Have A Kinda Have A Follow Up On That How Are You Promoting The Professionalization Of The Family Childcare Sector You Know We Have A New Report About A Year Old Now But We’re Still Excited About It That Actually Calling For The Lead Teacher And Every Early Childhood Classroom No Matter Where Home Or Center Have A Ba Degree In Training In Early Childhood We Know That’s Going To Take A Long Time But We Want To Professionalize The Field So What Are You All Doing Towards That End As You Mentioned The Expectations Are High For Family Child Care Providers Our Work Has Shown That They Are Highly Regulated And They Are Being Moved Into Being Educators And Wearing Many Other Heads As Well They Are Not Babysitters They Are Offering A Professional Service We’ve Seen That They Do Need To Incorporate Business Education Financial Education Courses With That Process We Conducted A Financial Needs Assessment And We Put The Outcome Of That On A White Paper Called Unleashing The Economic Power Of Family Child Care Providers We Based A Curriculum We Created Different Curriculum Based On That Assessment Which Covered The Usual Small Business Topics But Specifically From A Family Child Care Business Lense That’s Offered As A Course Technical Assistance One On Ones We Also Do Facilitate The Provider Now Working Through Our Yearly Conference And We Are Encouraging Them As Well As Communities To See Them As Business Owners And Professional Business Providers The Benefits Accrue Not Only To The Family Childcare Providers But Also To The Communities At Large By Showing That They Have Sustainable Viable (Inaudible) Childcare For The Community And Many Of These Providers Can Also Create Employment Opportunities As Well As The Obvious Facilitating Parents Going To Work All Work To Increase Economic Activity Thank You The Next Question Is Going To The Parent-Child Home Program How Does Your Model Work With Diverse Population I Guess There Is A Bunch Of Ways The Main Focus I Think Is In The Training Of The Staff To Intentionally Seek Out Local Practices And Values Of Our Families I Think There Is Also An Emphasis On Finding A Cultural (Inaudible) Between The Home Visits Staff And The Families We Are Working With And I Think Overall The Ethos Of The Program Is To Coach All Of The Families From A Strength Based Perspective I Have A Question Its Not On Your List But I’m Sure You Can Answer It I’m Really Interested In Technology Obviously It’s Come About Since The Parent-Child Home Program Whole Model Was Invented How Are You Are Integrating Say Facetime Texting Even The Phone To Supplement Or To Enhance The Wonderful Home Visits You Provide So Im Going To Answer Your Question In Two Pieces Because One Piece That We Have Been Focusing On And See As The Most Important Role We Can Plan With Families Is Helping Them Figure Out How To Use Technology With Their Children In The Program And So We Have Been Doing A Pilot That Works With Our Families At The End Of The Two Years Home Visiting So As The Child Is Turning Four Before They Would Enter A Prek Or Head Start Program That Focuses On Working With The Parents On How To Use Educational Games Ebooks On A Tablet To Do Interactive Activities With Their Children So Again So We Focus On That Parent Child Interaction And Modeling For

Parents On How They Use Technology Tool With Their Children That’s Part Of Preparing Their Children For How They Will Be Faced With Technology When They Walk Into Classrooms The Second Part Of That Though Is Helping To Educate The Parents On The Technology Many Of The Families That We Work With We Find That The Parents Don’t Have Email Addresses They Don’t Have Regular Access To Wifi And The Ability To Get Information Regularly Via The Internet And Just Preparing Them To Navigate The Internet Particularly In Many Urban Areas Where Things Like Prek Registration And All The Information About The School District Is Online Getting Them Connected Into That We Also Have Found Through Some Of Our Sites Texting Is A Useful Way To Reach Some Parents Although We Need To Be Careful As Some Of Your Previous Questions Have Raised About Whether A We Are Texting Parents In A Language (Inaudible) And B What Their Literacy Skills Are Overall So Many Of The Parents We Work With Are Not Only Illiterate In English But Maybe Not Have Literacy Skills In Their Native Language And So Much Of The Information That We Deliver To Parents We Want To Make Sure We Bring Verbally In A Way They Can Access It It’s A Beautiful Answer Thank You Our Next Question Is For ACE A Community For Education In Texas What Is The Research Evidence Base Of Your Program So National Reading Research Has Clearly Identified The Most Important Foundational Skills To Set Up A Child Success In Reading And We Have Developed Our Own Research-Based Curriculum That Addresses Explicitly These Foundational Skills That We Know Our Most Important That Kinder First Grade And Second Grade That Sets A Child Up For Becoming A Fluent Skilled Reader And We Used Data In Our Program To Drive Our Instruction We Monitor The Progress Of Children Every Week And I Think Our Tutors Find That As They Grasp These Results In Their Tracking Kids Progress They’re Really Able To See As Things Improve Or If They Don’t Then What Should We Do To Get That Child Back On Track And As A Former Teacher And Reading Specialist Myself Its Really Important When I Was Working To Develop This Program That We Match The Support For Our Professional Americorps Tutors That They Need To Be Successful So Our Staff Is With Them We Do Pre-Service Training And Then We Do Ongoing Training Every Week On Site As They Visit The Schools And We View Progress Of The Children And It’s Working Out Two-Thirds Of Our Children Close The Gap Completely Every Year And An 80% Make Measurable Progress So I Have Two Questions One Are You Working On Ortega Where I Was The First Grade Teacher Yes We Are Cool Yes We Are Working In Somala Yes We Are Those Two Are My Favorite Austin Schools We Have 26 Schools In Austin 32 In Total Well That’s Wonderful How Are You Recruiting Qualified Bilingual Tutors Yes Well We Recruit A Hundred And Six Americorps Members Every Year So If You Know Anyone Out There Who’s Eager To Do A Year Of Service Send Them To Us We Recruit From Across The Country And I Have A Fabulous Bilingual Recruiter Christina Flores And I’m Gonna Let Her Tell You On How We Find Our Amazing Bilingual Tutors We Try To Find Half Of Our Tutors Are Bilingual Proficient In Spanish Hi Everybody Because Seventy-Five Percent Students That We Serve In Austin ISD Are Latino We Do Recruit Half Of Our Tutors To Be Bilingual And We Actually Do A Lot Of Outreach To Universities Nationally In Spanish Department Since Oh And Also Study Abroad Programs For People Who Studied Spanish Or Who Are Native Spanish Speaker Want To Serve Their Community Or People Who Studied Abroad In South America Learned Spanish And Want To Continue To Practice Their Spanish Become Bilingual Tutors And We Assess Their Bilingual Proficiency Level During The Interview As Well And Actually Jose Here Is A Bilingual Tutor With Us And He’s Going To Talk A Little Bit About ACE So I Heard About ACE Through A Friend Who Is Serving With The Program Last Year And She Just Came Up To Me And Was Like You’d Be Like A Really Good Asset For This Program Like You’re A Native Speaker And I Think The Beautiful Thing About A Program Like ACE Is That It Brings Nonnative Speakers And Native Speakers Like Myself Together And We Are Encouraged And Supported With A Great Staff To Empowered A Child To Make Success In The Classroom And Once They Make That Success In Literacy That Confidence Just Begins To Carry Over Into All Areas Of Their Life And You Can See

That Presented In The Data But Just In Meeting With The Child One-On-One And Just Seeing That Success Continued When You Stop Working With Them And Hearing About It From Other Tutors From All Over Our Campuses Here In Austin. Thank You This Next Question Is For Port Salerno Talks Early Language Initiative In Florida Whose Job Is It To Work With Parents Beginning At The Birth Of Their Children And How Early Should Early Learning Start The Work Of Supporting Parents Is Really Multifaceted And Community-Based When We First Started Our Program It Was An Outreach Program From Our Elementary School Here In Port Salerno We Soon Realized That There Were Others In The Community Who Had An Interest In Supporting Early Language Development And So We Started To Reach Out To Hospitals To Pediatrician Offices To Community Agencies And Organizations Other Than The School District In Order To Make It A Countywide Community Effort We Know That With ESSA The Every Student Succeeds Act That There Is Going To Be Much More Emphasis On Early Learning And We’re Really Excited About The Opportunities That May Come About And Allow Us To Further Engage The Community Agencies Organizations And Really When We Think About How Early Should We Start It’s Never Too Early For Early Learning What We Know About Language Acquisition Brain Science And Economics Tells Us Earlier We Begin Collaborating With Families The Better We Know That The Children Who Heard More Words In Their Early Years Have Larger Vocabularies And Go On To Experience More Success In School With Stronger Reading Comprehension Skills Increase Cognitive Function And Higher Iqs And It’s Really A Child’s Home Language Environment That Setting The Trajectory For Future Vocabulary Development Not Only Are Children Who Are Hearing Fewer Words Entering School Behind Their Peers But Due To Their Slower Language Processing Speeds They’re Following A Lower Trajectory In Terms Of Adding Vocabulary And Its Resulting In An Ever-Widening Gap So A Lot Of Times We Look At High School Graduation Rates As A Measure Of Educational Success But What Can We At Times Overlooked Is That High School Graduation Rates Can Be Predicted At The Third Grade Reading Level And Third Grade Reading Level Can You Predict Off A Child’s Vocabulary By The Age Of Four And That Can Be Predicted Off Of The Richness Of The Home Language Environment So We Focused A Lot Of Our Efforts And Getting Children To Read On Grade Level Which Is A Noble And Necessary Undertaking But If That’s The Only Place Where Allocating Our Time Our Energy And Our Funding Will Never See The Level Of Returns Necessary To Move The Needle So When We’re Working With Parents To Help Them Establish A Rich Home Language Environment And Literacy Skills There’s No Such Thing As Too Early It Comes Down To The Difference Between Closing The Achievement Gap And Preventing It Beginning At Birth And Really It Just Makes A Whole Lot More Sense To Prevent It I Have A Quick Follow-Up And I Want A Quick Response But What Do You Do If A Family Declines Your Services Because Sometimes The People Who Need It The Most Might Not Know It Well Our Program Is Completely Voluntary And So Hopefully Through The Interaction In The Communities It Is A Small Community Here In Port Salerno Is We Know That The Program Will Grow So We’re Trying To Get The Families In All Of The Families Have Children In School With Younger Siblings So We’re Making An Impact With The Family And You Know That There’s Many Families In The Area Many Families Sometimes Live In The Same Household So We’re Hoping To Be Able To Reach As Many Families As We Can And As We Grow This In Our Community It Will Reach Out To Other Communities Within Our County What We’re Finding Is That There’s Quite A Lot Of Word Of Mouth Families Are Taking On The Learning And Sharing It Independently Great Thank You This Next Question Is For Vision To Learn How Do Giving Kids Glasses Benefit Early Learning Well In Addition To Our Work In K-12 Schools Vision To Learn Provides Vision Screenings Exams And Glasses To Prek Children We Have Found Throughout Our Work In Early Education Centers About One In 10 Students Have A Vision Problem Diagnosing And Treating Vision Problems Early Helps Keep Students On Track Developing Pattern Recognition Language And Motor Skills Additionally Serious Conditions Like Andolpia And Strabismus Are Not Diagnosed And Treated At A Young Age They May Lead To Permanent Impaired Vision Later In Childhood Usually Qualitative And Quantitative Research Our Program Model Has Shown That Providing Glasses To A Child In Need Results In Boosted Math And Reading Gpas Improved Classroom Behavior And Better Participation My Colleague Will

Show You A Real Qualitative Example Of What Why It Matters Its Important For Children To Be Involved In The Process Of Learning And So Once They Get The Glasses Behind Her Behind Us Is A Wall Showing You Some Of The Artwork That They’ve Made This Is Our Mobile Clinic And In Particular This Is A Letter And It Says Thank You For Coming To Saint Lawrence I Will Be Able To Read And See Better With The Free Glasses Things Won’t Be Blurry Thank You And That’s From A Child If The Community Wants To Follow Up And Do What You’re Doing Where Do They Start So Visit To Learn Is Currently In Five States California Delaware Hawaii Iowa And Most Recently In Maryland And We Are Planning An Aggressive Expansion Into New Areas They Can Contact Us Through Our Website Visiontolearn.Org And We Will Get In Touch And Let Them Know What The Early Or Mid Term Time Frame Might Be For Coming Out To Their Area We Also Have Different Colleagues Around The Country That Are Starting To Do This Type Of Work And So We’re Happy To Make Referrals If We Know That There Are Colleagues In Their Areas Well We Want Every Child In Need To Get Glasses This Is A Call From Texas Right Now This Question Is For Notre Dame ACE Academy How Do You Increase Your Students Kindergarten Readiness And How Have You Seen That Investing Time With Early Learners Has Paid Off Hola Buenas Tardes, Hello I’m Dolores, Executive Director Well We Work With The Children As A Whole In A Holistic Way Implementing Learning Standard With Them And Also We Do Early Intervention And If We Observe The Children If They Need A Referral (Inaudible) So We Need To Do A Lot Of Observations With Them Through The Whole School Year Also Mental Health As Well We Also Created This New Program In The Summer Bridge Program So We Focus On The School Culture The Social Emotional Although Children And Adults In The Academic So They Can Know La Familia In Their Environment As Well We Have Professional Learning Community That Goes From Pre-K Teachers To The Second Grade Teachers And We Have A Discussion Alignment With The Academic Standards And Set Goals For Students Instructional Goals And Evaluate Students For Example We Have Different Discussions Between Teachers (Inaudible) We Have To Support The Students Thank You Fantastic Our Last Question Is To LAUP In California Given 60 Percent Of Children In LAUP Are Latino What Percentage Are English Second Language Learners And How Do You Address Their Needs So We Know That 68 Percent Are Latino Of Those 59 Percent Of Them Are English Language Learners And We Work With Our Providers Which Are Family-Based And Center-Based To Ensure That The Staff Has The Skills And We Render Together We Don’t Differentiate That Secs Are Not As Good As Centers Because Its That Teacher Its About Having The Skills Materials And The Time To Plan Instructional Programs That Meet The Needs Of The Children So Let Me Turn It Over To Shelly To Talk A Little Bit About The Teacher Training Institute And How We Work With Providers To Ensure We Are Addressing The Needs Of All Our Kids I’m Shelly Rosenstein And I’m The Director (Inaudible) Support Providers So Over The Year We Have Developed And Refined What We Call Teacher Institute And Through That We Bring Providers Together And We Offer A Series Of Trainings Usually Its About Three And (Inaudible) And So We Give Them The Resources The Confidence They Need Families Regardless Of Their Language We Also Have Russian One Of The Languages That Wasn’t Mentioned But We Done A Lot To

Ensure Providers Have The Confidence And Resources To Help Families And Provide Their Best (Inaudible) Thank You So Much. We Appreciate All Our Bright Spots Today Before We Close Not Only Do We Thank You But We Want To Make Sure That You Know That All This Information Is Recorded And So We’re Going To Continue Sending This Off We Want You To Send It Off And Distribute It To Your Colleagues The Members In Your Community So That We Really Talked About The Importance Of Early Learning Now That We Understand The Local Level And All The Efforts Around The Nation I Love Libby Doggett To Talk About The Federal Perspective Well Thank You All I Am So Proud Of All The Right Spots And Particularly Proud Of The Initiative And All You Have Done To Really Highlight What’s Going On At The Local Level Because What’s Going On The Local Level Is What’s Most Important But We Do Want You To Know That We’re Doing Everything We Can On The Federal Level To Get More Early Learning Funds More Learning Our Programs More Ability For You To Blend The Funds And Braid Them Together As Someone Mentioned The New Every Student Succeeds Act Or ESSA As Some People Call It Or ESSA Does Have Some New Language That Allows More Ability For Local School Districts And State Education Agencies To Address The Early Learning Needs Not Only With Programs But To Support Teachers To Support Special Populations To Align The Services So We Will Have Less Ability To Do That On The Federal Level Will Have A Lot Of The Initiative In Now Going To Revert To You At The Local And State Level To Really Make A Difference In Early Learning But You Have To Look At The Bill Because It Really Does Offer Some New Opportunities There Are A Couple Of Other Things I Know You That You All Know About The Preschool Development Grants Were Really Excited Eighteen States Are Providing Services In Two Hundred And Thirty Communities To Thirty-Three Thousand Children And Their Finishing Their First Year So It’s Been Pretty Exciting Year In The Fall Forty Thousand Four Year Olds Will Go To Preschool Paid For Out Of A Federal Funding And These Are Programs That Have High Quality Standards And Include Kids With Disabilities Their Full Day They Have Strong Family Engagement Teachers That Have Professional Degrees And Are Paid A Teacher Salary Their Combinations In Good Curriculum And Everything We Really Want For All Of Our Children And We’re Hoping That They Set A Standard In The State In And In The Community So That We Can Really Bring The High Quality Programs To Every Child Also We’re Doing A Lot Around Stem And That’s Why I Had Questions Around STEM With You All Know Is Science Technology Engineering And Math We Want To Make Sure People Know That It Begins Early And Actually For Early Learning We Do A Lot Of Stem Activities And Play With Sand And Water And We Build Things With Blocks And Legos And Lincoln Logs And Tinker Toys All Kinds We’re Just Not Using A Scientific Approach With Them Or Using Some Of The Language So We Really Want To Increase The Use Of STEM In All In All Areas In Early Learning And I Just Had A Major Initiative Our Major Symposium At The White House We Got A Number Of Commitments We Hope We Will Be Doing Some Google Hangouts With Them We Also Just Last Week Released A New Family Engagement Policy On With HHS Hope You’ll Read It We Have Two Other Policies One On Inclusion One Of The Expulsions And Suspensions And We Want To Make Sure That These Are Getting In There Hands Of Families And To Practitioners We Know They Can Make A Difference They’re Not New Policy But They’re Written In A Way That You Can Use Them And Finally Just Want To Say Where Do We Want To Do Everything We Can To Continue To Support You On The Local Level Because That’s Where The Rubber Hits The Road And We Know That You’re Making A Huge Difference With Children All Across Our World Thank You So Much Thank You With Just A Few Minutes Left In Today’s Hangout I Like To Thank My Colleague Libby Doggett Thank You So Much For Joining Us Our Outstanding Bright Spots In Hispanic Education Hanging Out Throughout The Nation And Really Being The Work For Our Children To Everyone Watching Via Livestream Thank You As Well I Want To Remind You If You Know Of An Organization That Is Doing Great Work To Support The Educational Attainment Of Hispanics From Cradle To Career We’d Love To Hear About Them Please Visit Our Website At Ed.Gov/Hispanic Initiative For Further Information On The Work Of Our Initiative And For Further Information On All Of Our Bright Spots In Hispanic Education The Two Hundred And Fifty Bright Spots That We Mentioned Earlier On This Google Hangout Are All

Listed On Our Website So Please Feel Free To Visit Our Website We Look Forward To Hanging Out With You Again On June 15th We’ll Be Joined By Another Group Of Bright Spots Where It’ll Focus On College Access Supporting DACA Students Thank You So Much And I’d Like To Say Goodbye To Each One Of Our Bright Spots ACE In Austin The Parent-Child Home Program In New York Port Salerno Talks Early Language Initiative In Florida Thank You So Much Vision To Learn In California Notre Dame ACE Academy Los Angeles Universal Preschool In California And Committee For Hispanic Children And Families. Thank You All So Much It Was A Pleasure Speaking To You All Today