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Office of Early Learning

The Office of Early Learning (OEL) is DPI’s support for 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 OEL is housed in the Teaching and Learning Team in the Division for Academic Excellence but works collaboratively across DPI divisions and other state departments to bring continuity and cohesiveness to the programs associated with early learning. The OEL provides leadership, partnership, policy development, incentives, and technical assistance to the early childhood community for children birth to age eight throughout Wisconsin.

About the Office of Early Learning

Early Care and Education Settings


OEL Initiatives/Priorities

Cultural and Linguistic Diversity

The Early Dual Language Learner Initiative (EDLLI) provides professional development, technical assistance and resources to community partners regarding culturally and linguistically responsive practices for young children, birth-6.

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.

State Superintendent Evers Co-Chairs this council.

The Education for Homeless Children and Youth (EHCY) Program's major responsibility is to implement the McKinney-Vento Homeless Education Assistance Act

Professional development for early learning educators and community

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.

The Wisconsin Model Early Learning Standards specify developmental expectations for children from birth through entrance to first grade


Other Early Childhood System Collaborators

For questions about this information, contact Sherry Kimball (608) 267-9625