Birth to 5 update

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The Birth-Five pillar of the SD SFEC has been busy working to improve the communication and early literacy skills of children from birth to five years old. 
Our first project is a partnership with the South Dakota Department of Education’s Birth to Three Program, a statewide program providing services to children under three with a developmental delay or disability and their families. About two years ago, the Birth to Three Program started implementing the evidence-based Bright Beginnings Professional Development Program which centers around family input and support in developing goals and achieving outcomes. The SFEC is assisting them to expand this family focused strategy to help children increase their communication and early literacy skills using content from the Center for Early Literacy Learning (CELL).
Before tackling our next major project, we spent some time gathering information from childcare providers, kindergarten teachers, and other educators who work with preschool and early elementary aged children. Thank you to everyone who attended our focus groups or completed a survey! Through this work we gained insight into how to better prepare children for kindergarten success, especially in reading. Details about our findings can be found here. This information, along with additional research and input from early learning leaders across the state, will guide the development of additional early literacy training. The additional training will also use the CELL content, but will be primarily geared towards childcare providers working with three-five year old children. It will also contain a family engagement component so learning can be consistently reinforced through the child’s environments. Stay tuned for more information about this free training slated to be provided across the state in 2020!

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