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  • 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

  • December 08, 2011 10:09 PM | Dee Hirsch (Administrator)
    We have a collaborative, inclusive Montessori organization in the Northwest.  Be sure to encourage more cooperation in Montessori circles...check out this petition and short questionaire:
  • November 15, 2011 7:55 PM | Dee Hirsch (Administrator)
    Did you ever wish you knew more about Montessori schools in the Pacific Northwest or could ask other schools questions about policies?  Now you can get those answers in a confidential survey.

    We have received a request from Oregon Montessori Association to collaborate on a survey of schools.  OMA has created the survey and will be sending a link to our School members.  Please participate if you can and we will all benefit from the results when tabulated.

    If you have questions, please email Jennifer Ryznar at .
  • November 14, 2011 10:36 AM | Dee Hirsch (Administrator)
    November news from DEL.  Keep up on the Early Learning Plan.  Learn about the Teacher Approval Board for MERIT.
  • October 21, 2011 5:17 PM | Dee Hirsch (Administrator)

    Currently the Department of Early Learning is seeking comments and feedback on the Early Learning and Development Guidelines (aka "Benchmarks").  Join CDAGS and other directors is giving feedback on the guidelines.  It is important that all directors are not only aware of the guidelines, but also provide feedback.  This will be one of the last opportunities to be heard.

     Tuesday, October 25th; 10:00am – 11:30am

    Child Care Resources

    1225 S Weller Street, Suite 300, Seattle, WA  98144

    To RSVP – please email Adrienne at, or call 206-329-1011 ext 217

  • October 21, 2011 5:05 PM | Dee Hirsch (Administrator)
    Morning refreshments will be available at 8:00am, and the Welcome & Keynote Address by PSESD Superintendent Elect John Welch will begin at 8:30.

    In order to get the most out of this conference, please visit the Private Schools Day webpage, which contains the day's schedule, breakout session descriptions, and list of sponsoring vendors:

    Lunch is included in your registration fee, and there will be door prize drawings during lunch and at the end of the day.  Registration deadline has been extended to October 26, so feel free to share this news with your colleagues so they don't miss out on this great program. They can register online at:
  • September 08, 2011 2:07 PM | Nancy NDCWebDesign (Administrator)

    New Geiger magnet school has been designed from the ground up to suit a hands-on educational style.

    Daily Journal of Commerce article By Stephen Murakami, Hutteball & Oremus Architecture.  Click here to read the full article.

  • July 26, 2011 2:21 AM | Nancy NDCWebDesign (Administrator)

    Contact: Diana Mamerto Holz
    Phone:  (253) 833-7010

    Come see our classrooms for ages 1-6 years on Thursday, July 28th or Wednesday, August 3rd from 6-8pm. On August 3rd, our elementary location will be open to tour as well. Our address is 1116 Harvey Rd in Auburn. Visit our website at



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