Fostering Artful Early Childhood Classrooms

The Maine Department of Education invites you to be part of an exciting professional development opportunity, “Fostering Artful Early Childhood Classrooms”. Early Childhood Specialist, Sue Reed and Visual and Performing Arts Specialist, Beth Lambert are looking for teachers who want to energize their teaching and learning through focusing on art in the public preschool classroom.  … Continue reading Fostering Artful Early Childhood Classrooms

Fostering Music and Movement in Early Childhood Classrooms

The Maine Department of Education invites you to be part of a brand new professional development opportunity, “Fostering Music and Movement in Early Childhood Classrooms”. Early Childhood Specialist, Sue Reed, and Visual and Performing Arts Specialist, Beth Lambert, are looking for teachers who want to energize their teaching and learning through focusing on music and … Continue reading Fostering Music and Movement in Early Childhood Classrooms

Public Preschool Funding 2018-19

The Maine State Legislature has provided start-up funding in FY19 state budget for public school districts to begin new or expand preschool classrooms. The Maine Department of Education requires information from school districts anticipating starting new or expanding current public preschool programs in 2018-19.  Expanded programs are those in SAUs that currently run approved public preschool(s) and want to add another classroom(s). In order to be included in the … Continue reading Public Preschool Funding 2018-19

Important clarification for districts with public preschool and Head Start collaborations

Chapter 124: Basic Approval Standards for Public Preschool Programs is fully in effect as of July 1, 2017, and there is a need to clarify the roles and responsibilities of school nurses and Head Start health services staff in order to meet both Head Start program, and Maine Department of Education standards. Specifically, public school nurses … Continue reading Important clarification for districts with public preschool and Head Start collaborations

Fostering Artful Classrooms for Early Childhood Students a Great Success

Five school districts participated in a professional development pilot from the Maine Department of Education this year to learn how to improve visual art offerings to public preschool students. Visual art and early childhood teachers from RSU 10, Lewiston School District, Glenburn School Department, MSAD 58 (Phillips), and MSAD 53 (Pittsfield) attended in teams for … Continue reading Fostering Artful Classrooms for Early Childhood Students a Great Success

Maine DOE’s Early Childhood Education Conference

Registration is now open for the Maine DOE’s Early Childhood Education Conference. The conference will be held at the Augusta Civic Center on August 14-16, 2017 and is intended for PreK and Kindergarten early childhood staff and administrators. There are two training tracks to choose from and space is limited: 1. Building Blocks PreK Curriculum Training Track ($250.00) … Continue reading Maine DOE’s Early Childhood Education Conference

Public Preschool Annual Report due July 31

The Maine DOE is reminding school administrative units that have created or expanded a public preschool program within the past two years (2015-16 or 2016-17) to complete the Public Preschool Annual Report by July 31, 2017. The report can be found here.   This year's report has been shortened to gather only the most pertinent information from Maine’s public preschool programs.  Please note … Continue reading Public Preschool Annual Report due July 31