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  • June 30, 2013 12:45 PM | Dee Hirsch (Administrator)
    Your hard working board members are going on a 2 day retreat to plan and prepare for the next year!  We are fortunate to have 6 people joining us for this opportunity help to set our course and find ways to be more involved.  Also we will be meeting Laura Pilkington, the new Executive Director of Oregon Montessori Association.

    All members are welcome to become active on our board and we will follow up our retreat with a report and some announcements here on our website.  We will announce any other summer organization opportunities here in our news.

    Membership renewal is open from July 1 to September 1, so please don't forget us over the summer!
  • April 09, 2013 6:46 PM | Dee Hirsch (Administrator)
    The work PNMA is supporting in WA state has been documented in an article published in the Montessori Leadership periodical of the International Montessori Council, Volume 15, Issue 1 / 2013.  This is distributed to all members of IMC.  We have appreciation for Margot Garfield-Anderson who requested the article and for the editor, Joyce St. Giermaine for the inclusion and presentation of our work.

    The article accounts for the work of Montessori teacher educators to include MACTE Montessori Credentials in the WA Career Lattice and details how this has been accomplished by working with MERIT specialists.  The Montessori credential is now recognized as the qualifying educator document for all levels of education on the lattice.
  • February 04, 2013 5:32 PM | Dee Hirsch (Administrator)

    ·         Washington State Career Lattice Awards: The Washington State Career Lattice is intended to be a professional development tool to plan your career in early learning, including training and educational goals. Made available through the Race to the Top - Early Learning Challenge (RTT-ELC) grant opportunity, Early Care & Education (ECE) and School-Age (SA) professionals placed on the Career Lattice are able to request monetary awards beginning in January 2013 as recognition of their education, employment and training accomplishments. More information can be found at: . Watch the video tutorial for the Career Lattice to learn how you can maximize this tool.

    ·         State-Approved Training Reimbursements: The Department of Early Learning (DEL) offers cost reimbursement for training taken from state-approved trainers in Washington. Professionals who currently work in child care facilities licensed or certified by DEL can access this opportunity through their MERIT professional record. Previously, this was offered through a contract with the Washington Association for the Education of Young Children (WAEYC). More information attached, and will be available at: .

    ·         State-Approved Trainer Support: The Department of Early Learning (DEL) values our approved trainers who provide quality educational opportunities to Washington’s early care and education and school-age professionals. Now available are financial resources to support your career as a trainer. This application is currently available in MERIT, and we will be sharing more information on the DEL website at: and .

    Our frequently asked questions for professionals and trainers, and the MERIT user manuals are currently under revision to include the exciting opportunities above. We are also building quick-step application guides and tutorials to help professionals in a variety of ways. If you have questions about the above, please contact MERIT support services at . All professional development related information can be found on the DEL website at: .

    Thank for your continued support as we build Washington’s professional development system for early care and education and school-age professionals.

    MERIT Support Services

    Department of Early Learning

    Attn: MERIT

    PO Box 40970

    Olympia, WA 98504-0970



    Phone: 1.866.482.4325, option 8

    Fax: 1.360.586.0533
  • November 16, 2012 4:19 PM | Dee Hirsch (Administrator)
    See the new Career Lattice with Montessori credentials and professional opportunities.  Montessori education is becoming a known career path in Washington.

    Montessori Teachers in Washington State are gaining recognition for MACTE approved credentials. DEL programs which require validation of credentials will verify your certificates according to the course list submitted by your teacher education center or other college courses.

    This applies to anyone applying to be an Approved Trainer who works in a licensed center.  If you have not yet submitted your credentials, you will now find an easier path to approval because of this inclusion in the process.

    Teacher Educators who met with the MERIT specialists and represented Montessori education are Gulsevin Kayihan, Mary Schneider and Jeannine Hanson.  These meetings were facilitated by PNMA and we are very pleased to reach this goal on behalf of all Montessori educators.

    As for the credentials that are not MACTE related, there is more work to do.  The Teacher educators will need to work with the same MERIT team to enter your course for the process.  PNMA will offer our log of the process to help in any further efforts for additional certificates.  Watch for more progress as we continue working in state agencies and updating information on our WA State Agencies page.

  • June 25, 2012 4:54 PM | Dee Hirsch (Administrator)

    This message went out on the Seattle List Serve to providers...THIS ORIENTATION IS REQUIRED FOR ONE DIRECTOR OR GUIDE AT EVERY PARTICIPATING CENTER.

    We want to let you and your providers know that we finally have made our Early Achievers orientations available online.  As they fill up we will add more orientations so that we can be ready to meet the demand. 

    Early Achievers CCR web page

    Programs can also call us with any questions they have about this voluntary program.



     Caroline Shelton

    The Child Care Resources Provider Services Team
  • May 24, 2012 5:01 PM | Dee Hirsch (Administrator)

    National Farm to School Network’s Farm to Preschool initiative has launched their website recently.

    Check out the link, and check back for useful information!

    Shoko Kumagai | 206-256-1874 |

    CPPW Project Coordinator

    Food Safety and Consumer Services Division

    Washington State Department of Agriculture

    Check-it-out! - WSDA Farm-to-School Toolkit

    WSDA is on Facebook and Twitter
  • April 24, 2012 5:18 PM | Dee Hirsch (Administrator)

    QRIS, Quality Rating and Improvement System (WA); MERIT Professional Lattice

    We have current documents relating to the Quality Rating and Improvement System and provide access for your input to the process.

    Also, we are tracking developments for the MERIT system including the Professional Lattice and the Trainer Approval for credits that has launched and is fully implemented by September 1.


    This CCR created field test retroperspective document: QRIS Newsletter

    This DEL presentation of the QRIS program: WA QRIS Standards 2011

    Also, this WFIS summary of education legislation: WFIS Legislative Update

    OUR NEW FRIEND, JULIET MORRISON IS RECEIVING OUR DOCUMENTS ON THE MACTE ACCREDITED MONTESSORI CREDENTIALS.  This will help establish the professional ranking of these credentials in WA.  Advisors to DEL on these credentials are Mary Schneider of MEIPN, Jeannine Hanson of MTEC-WA, and Gulsevin Kayihan of Spring Valley Teacher Ed.
  • January 03, 2012 9:12 PM | Dee Hirsch (Administrator)
    PNMA keeps you in the loop as Washington State DEL develops these guidelines.  The current announcement is posted in full on our DEL Page.
    Please offer your input during this brief open comment time ending January 18 !  The message includes live links to documents and a comment survey.
  • December 21, 2011 2:08 PM | Dee Hirsch (Administrator)
    You will be hearing more about QRIS now that WA State has won the $60 Million Early Learning Grant.  The Quality Rating and Improvement System will be implemented statewide and OSPI is expanding the WA KIDS program to 500 schools this year and will make it mandatory at all State schools for 2012-13.  Part of this program requires more communication with the Early Childhood centers. More information will be required about children transitioning from Primary to Kindergarten classrooms. 
    When QRIS is fully implemented all centers will have to be registered and rated.  The Child Outcomes will be interpreted with WaKIDS Assessment tool or aligned with it.
      To help you prepare for more of the changes coming to education in WA, keep up with a few websites and announcements.

    OSPI: WaKIDS For Early Care and Education Professionals

    About WaKIDS: What Early Learning Professionals Can Expect

    Early Learning Advisory Council QRIS

    Kindergarten Readiness

    And one more resource tracking developments in all 50 states with links to progress and plans!  Besides the alignment of Early Childhood programs and Elementary School in our state, there is also a conversation starting about making it work nation wide.
    Child Trends: A Review of School Readiness Practices in the States: Early Learning Guidelines and Assessments
  • December 21, 2011 1:05 PM | Dee Hirsch (Administrator)

    In 2012, the Department of Early Learning (DEL) will start reviewing child care center licensing rules in Washington Administrative Code (WAC) 170-295.  This will be the first substantial update since 2003.

    Before we begin reviewing the rules, we wants to hear what you think about the current child care center licensing rules, such as:

    • Which rules should change?
    • Which rules should remain the same?
    • Are there any rules that should be eliminated?
    • Should DEL consider any new requirements that are not addressed in the current rules?

    DEL is interested in suggestions that are child-centered and evidence- or research-based.

    How to give input
    Submit your comments by March 31, 2012 by one of the following methods:
    Online: DEL Rules Comment webpage.  Click “Add Comment” to give your input, or “View Comments” to read what others have said.
    Postal mail: 
    DEL Rules Coordinator
    Washington State Department of Early Learning
    P.O. Box 40970
    Olympia, WA 98504-0970


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