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  • November 02, 2015 6:11 PM | Dee Hirsch (Administrator)

    The Department of Early Learning is in a one year process of aligning the language of the Licensing WAC with the Early Achievers QRIS and ECEAP standards.  The initial work has been supported by the Early Learning Advisory Council and the statewide meetings will be held in November-December and again with the 1st draft in April.

    To attend a community meeting check the ALIGNMENT INPUT-STATEWIDE SCHEDULE with dates, locations and contact person.  This is a great way to be informed and to speak up for language that works.

    Look up your Region by county on the THRIVE MAP and Region List

  • November 02, 2015 2:54 PM | Dee Hirsch (Administrator)

    A notice was sent out to childcare providers today explaining the change of public information on the Child Care Check site about all licensed providers.

    In line with the Early Start Act, all Early Achievers ratings will be posted and every provider is allowed to enter a brief program description on their "facility" page of MERIT.  This is limited to 1000 characters and gives us an opportunity to be clear about the values of Montessori school programs.

    Guidelines for entering this information is contained in the document that was emailed out today to all EA programs in Child Care Check.  Providers can access this portal by looking up your Facility/Site page and scrolling down to the new Program Description.

  • October 14, 2015 7:05 PM | Dee Hirsch (Administrator)

    PNMA leadership has planned area meetings for comeraderie and casual conversation about current interests and concerns.  These will be hosted regionally to be accessible  to local educators on September 23 ... further details will be posted here and emailed to our schools and members. Meetings continue October 28 & November 18 (3rd Wednesday).

    • Seattle at the Teachers Lounge, 8505 Greenwood Ave N, 98103
    • Renton at Luther's Table, 419 S 2nd Street, 98057
    • Issaquah at Starbucks, 1460 NW Gilman Blvd, 98027
  • October 12, 2015 4:58 PM | Dee Hirsch (Administrator)

    Educators are invited to register for the free webinars produced by Tim Seldin.  You can register for the series or for one at a time when they are announced.  These are also recorded and available on the webiste after the live webinar.  

    This week is Steve Hughes: The Value of Concentration in Developing Agency

    1:00-2:15 Eastern Time broadcast is 10:00-11:15 Pacific Time

    Go To:

  • October 01, 2015 10:38 PM | Dee Hirsch (Administrator)

    October 23 @ 8:30 am – 3:00 pm

    Location: Puget Sound ESD, 800 Oakesdale Ave SW, Renton (MAP)
    Individual Fee: $80.00
    Team Fee: $70.00 (for teams of 3 or more)
    Registration fee includes morning refreshments and lunch.


    KEYNOTE: Bringing Brain Science into the Classroom
    By Conn McQuinn

    4 SESSIONS with 16 unique presentations for all school levels.

    BRING A TEAM so your school doesn’t miss out on any of the outstanding sessions! Take advantage of the discounted fee of $70/person for a school group of 3 or more!

    Independent School Audience: Building principals, teachers, counselors, school improvement teams, and leaders responsible for curriculum, technology, special/gifted education, and/or vocational programs.

    CLOCK HOURS: 4.5 clock hours will be available for $10.

    An application is in process to MERIT for 5 credits to professionals in DEL licensed centers

  • October 01, 2015 9:37 PM | Dee Hirsch (Administrator)

    National Goal: recognition of Early Childhood Montessori Credentials from MACTE Accredited Teacher Education Programs in State Professional Development Systems (workforce registries, career pathways, and state ratings systems).

    Where are we?

    At the end of this week, MACTE will have policy articulations in the revision process in 18 states. This revision includes policy articulations at optimal levels of recognition for credentials from all MACTE accredited teacher education programs, encompassing all seven affiliations.

    In process: AK, AZ, CO, CT, DE, GA, HI, IA, IA, ID, IL, MA, MN, NV, NM, NY, VA, WI.

    How far have we come?
    In the spring of 2015, 21 states were identified with Professional Development Systems that had policy articulations that included recognition for Montessori Credentials in Early Childhood. Of those 21, MACTE identified that only three had articulations at appropriate recognition levels or that were inclusive of all MACTE accredited Teacher Education Programs (NH, OR, WA). Those are the states we are currently working to refine.

    Where are we headed?

    MACTE is diligently working to refine the articulations so they are consistent across the country, inclusive of all accredited teacher education programs, and at optimal levels for states that already have policy frameworks for recognition, so that those states become models for replication for the rest of the nation. 

  • September 30, 2015 9:07 PM | Dee Hirsch (Administrator)
    The advocacy for Montessori education, schools and educators is gaining ground as we build relationships and commit to meetings with our contacts at the Department of Early Learning.  

    The Early Start Act passed our state legislature in August and the requirements for licensed programs will be defined by policies in development.  We will be notifying our members of public meetings across the state where new language in the licensing WAC is previewed for general comment.

    The School Verification project sponsored by PNMA will be in a pilot phase this school year.  We will establish a template for defining a Montessori school to be used in the state licensing and ratings.

    The next quarterly meeting will follow a report to be issued by the UW on the results of analysis conducted on the Early Achievers rating system.  Montessori schools which have participated will be asked to share your stories about what barriers have limited ratings for Montessori schools.  The goal is to refine the process and broaden participation.

  • July 15, 2015 10:04 PM | Dee Hirsch (Administrator)

    The Wisconsin Montessori Association, WMA has successfully secured an alternative Montessori teacher-licensing track. WMA sponsored this legislation by hiring a lobbyist, Sarah Archibald, former legislative aide to Senator Luther Olsen. Sarah along with Phil Dosmann, former WMA Board Treasurer and Montessori consultant for WMA, met with key legislators to advance this legislation. Wisconsin becomes one of a handful of states (Georgia, Hawaii, Iowa, Ohio and South Carolina) that recognize a credential from a MACTE accredited Montessori teacher training for a state-licensing pathway.

      The Wisconsin legislation allows a graduate from a program accredited by the Montessori Accreditation Council for Teacher Education, MACTE, to apply for a Wisconsin state teaching license to teach in a public or charter Montessori school. Montessori trained teachers who complete a rigorous MACTE accredited teacher-training program that includes lectures, practicums and student teaching will be eligible.

      Trained Montessori teachers will need to complete the following requirements: a.) hold a bachelor’s degree, b.) complete a three credit course in special education, c.) earn a passing score on any standardized examinations required by the State Superintendent for a license to teach the same education levels and subjects issued in accordance with existing state law regarding teacher license, including an examination identical to the foundations for reading test administered in 2012 as part of the Massachusetts tests for educator licensures. These tests will include the Praxis I and II.  

    Candidates will also be assigned a mentor teacher who is an experienced Montessori trained teacher during their first year in order to support their professional development in preparation for meeting the requirements for a professional educator license. Additional details will be forthcoming once WMA and DPI representatives meet to define the requirements stipulated in this legislation.

    For more information regarding MACTE and MACTE accredited teacher education programs, please contact

    Christopher Kjaer

    Wisconsin Montessori Association

  • April 08, 2015 11:04 AM | Dee Hirsch (Administrator)

    Teach-Montessori is a website formed to find teachers for Public Montessori Schools, AND now it is open to all schools looking for Montessori teachers and teachers who are looking for a teaching  job or an internship.  

    Follow this link:

  • February 27, 2015 6:14 PM | Dee Hirsch (Administrator)

    DEL will have a competitive process to award new ECEAP slots for the 2015-16 school year. DEL will release the application to become an ECEAP contractor in Spring of 2015.  To help prepare potential ECEAP contractors and providers for this significant expansion and to continue to broaden our mixed-delivery system, DEL has released an ECEAP Readiness Assessment tool and the Minimum Qualifications to become an ECEAP contractor.

    • The Readiness Assessment tool will walk interested organizations through the ECEAP requirements they must meet to provide high-quality preschool.
    • The Minimum Qualifications document outlines current minimum qualifications to become an ECEAP contractor. Organizations applying to become ECEAP contractors must agree to meet the minimum qualifications and requirements outlined in the document. This is not an exhaustive list and is subject to change based on legislative action and agency needs.

    If you have questions, please email Thank you for your interest in providing ECEAP services to meet the needs of children and families in your community.

    You are invited

    What: Early Achievers and Early Childhood Education and Assistance Program (ECEAP) Town Hall Meeting in your local Child Care Aware region

    Who:  All early care and education providers, stakeholders and supporters

    Why:  Come join your community partners at an evening meeting to talk about Early Achievers and explore the opportunities to become an ECEAP contractor. DEL staff will facilitate the conversations and looks forward to meeting with you in each Child Care Aware region around the state.

    When:  6:30-8:30 p.m. & Where:     

    March 4:              Tacoma-Pierce Region - Bates Technical College

                                Downtown Campus - Auditorium,

    1101 S. Yakima Ave., Tacoma, WA

    March 5:              King County Region - PSESD – Blackriver Training Center

    800 Oakesdale Ave SW, Renton, WA 98057

    March 11:            Southwest Region - ESD 112 - Clark & Pacific Conference Rooms   2500 NE 65th Avenue, Vancouver, WA 98661

    March 11:            Eastern Region – Central Valley High School - The Commons

                                821 S. Sullivan Road, Spokane Valley,WA 99037

    March 12:            Central Region – ESD 105 - Ahtanum Room

                                33 S. 2nd Ave., Yakima, WA98902

    March 16:            Olympic Peninsula Region - ESD 114 - Rooms 132 A & 132 B

                                 105 National Ave N, Bremerton, WA  98312

    March 19:            Northwest Region – Everett Community College – Jackson Center, Senate Room

                                 2000 Tower Street, Everett, WA 98201

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