Early Learning

Families

The First Thousand Days for West Virginia Families Parenting is one of the most difficult, yet rewarding experiences in life. Every day is an opportunity to shape and influence the life of your child. One-on-One Time Hold babies, touch them in a loving way, and make eye contact ...

Early Learning News, Research, and Partnerships

Evaluation Synopsis of the West Virginia Early Learning Longitudinal Study (2021) National Institute Partners with West Virginia to Gauge Quality of State’s Early Learning Programming Study Seeks to Help States Become More Effective at Implementing Pre-K and Other Programs for Young Children Initiatives from Preschool to Third Grade: A policymaker's guide (ECS, 2018) Connecting ...

Career Technical Education

The Office of Early Learning has partnered with the Career Technical Education (CTE) Department to offer a Simulated Workplace for high school students interested in working in an early childhood program. Career Technical Education (CTE) programs are changing, evolving and innovating to better serve West Virginia's needs by preparing students to help drive our ...

Pre-K and Kindergarten Assistant Teachers

The Early Childhood Classroom Assistant Teacher or ECCAT Authorization is required for all Early Childhood Assistant Teachers working in Pre-k or kindergarten classroom. NOTICE: To complete ECCAT course assignments, there is a requirement that all ECCAT course participants must be in a pre-k or kindergarten classroom for a minimum of 4 hours per week ...

Pre-K Lead Teachers

Teachers employed by a community partner must hold either a bachelors in preschool education, early education, preschool special needs or a permanent or temporary Community Lead Teacher Authorization. Individuals who hold a temporary authorization must renew their authorization annually by completing 6 hours (2 courses). If you are not a ...

Early Learning Workforce Initiatives

Pre-K Lead Teachers Pre-K and Kindergarten Assistant Teachers Career Technical Education Early Childhood E-Learning Opportunities Early childhood educators working in West Virginia Universal Pre-K and Kindergarten classrooms now have the opportunity to participate in e-Learning courses specifically designed for early childhood. Courses include Child Development, Early Childhood Special Needs Inclusion, ...

School Readiness

The Why In West Virginia, school readiness refers to the process of assuring children have access to the best available resources prior to entering first grade. Available resources support children and their families, and focus on maximizing children’s holistic development from birth.Research shows that learning begins long before a child enters kindergarten. Children, even ...

Extended Learning

The Why Extended learning is a critical component of the comprehensive approach to reading success by the end of third grade.  Research indicates that, on average, students lose skills over the summer.  However, not all students experience “average” losses, and summer learning loss disproportionately affects low-income students. Low income students lose substantial ground ...

High Quality Instruction

The Why The call to action regarding the widening reading achievement gap in West Virginia was evident in student achievement data. In 2013, only 35 percent of West Virginia third graders performed at the above proficient level in Reading on the WESTEST-2 State Summative Assessment. State leaders understood an innovative response was necessary ...

Attendance

The Why Attendance is essential to school success, but too often students, parents and schools do not realize how quickly absences — excused and unexcused — can add up to academic trouble. Chronic absence — missing 10 percent of the school year, or just 2-3 days every month—can translate into third-graders unable to ...

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