Promoting Early Childhood (PEC) 2021-Vitrual Conference
April 14 & 15, 2021
Wisconsin’s early learning community consists of a variety of individuals, agencies and cross sector systems. For resources and information related to COVID-19 that are are specific to the early care and education community, go to Early Learning Information on COVID-19
DPI’s support a statewide early childhood system to increase collaboration and coordination of the early learning community at local, regional and statewide community levels. The early childhood community includes parents, teachers, administrators, support staff, Cooperative Educational Service Agencies, public libraries, governmental and non-governmental agencies, consumer and professional associations, relevant philanthropic organizations, and legislators. The DPI Early Childhood Consultant is housed in the Teaching and Learning Team in the Division for Academic Excellence and works collaboratively across DPI divisions and other state departments to bring cohesiveness to the programs associated with early learning. The DPI Early Childhood Consultant provides leadership, partnership, policy development, incentives, and technical assistance to the early childhood community for children birth to age eight throughout Wisconsin.
The Principles of the DPI's focus on Early Learning align with the Governor’s Early Childhood Advisory Council
--Our primary focus is on the best interests of Wisconsin’s children, whose early years are crucial to their success.
--Families the key decision makers, teachers, and advocates for their children.
--Communities must provide integrated quality services to ensure children’s access to quality education, physical and mental health services, and family support.
--Public, private, and government entities share the responsibility for implementing comprehensive systems.
--Quality professional development opportunities support a skilled and stable workforce.
--Adequate and equitable financing, derived from multiple funding sources, supports comprehensive and continuous early childhood services.
--Wisconsin public policy should support blended funding streams and quality initiatives to create comprehensive systems.
Early Care and Education Settings
- Early Childhood Integrated Data System (ECIDS)
Early Learning Professional Development: In Wisconsin several groups are working to build a unified sense of professional development between teachers of young children, whether they work in child care, Head Start, or in the schools. Around Wisconsin, there are many excellent opportunities for training related to working with young children and their families. https://dpi.wi.gov/early-childhood/prof-dev/training
- Family and Community Engagement
- Governor’s Early Childhood Advisory Council: State Superintendent Carolyn Stanford Taylor Co-chairs this council.
- McKinney Vento Homeless Programs-Poverty and Homelessness: The Education for Homeless Children and Youth (EHCY) Program's major responsibility is to implement the McKinney-Vento Homeless Education Assistance Act
- Wisconsin Early Childhood Collaborating Partners: Many of DPI’s Early Learning efforts are coordinated through the WEECP, a network of state, regional, and community groups and individuals working together to improve the lives of young children and families.
- Wisconsin Early Childhood Collaborating Partners: Regional Outreach Specialists: Regional Outreach Specialists support collaboration among early childhood partners to optimize the provision of early childhood services.
The Wisconsin Model Early Learning Standards:The Wisconsin Model Early Learning Standards specify developmental expectations for children from birth through the entrance to 1st grade. The standards reflect the domains of a child's learning & development. The domains include: Health & Physical Development; Social & Emotional Development: Language Development & Communication; Approaches to Learning: Cognition & General Knowledge. They are available in English and Spanish.
Additional Early Childhood Collaborators