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  • February 08, 2011 11:25 PM | Dee Hirsch (Administrator)
    Current Bills determining policies on Early Education in WA State; Education Committe; WFIS Position Paper

    SB 5427 - Kindergarten Assessment - WA Senate hearing is Wednesday, February 9th at 8:00 a.m.

    SB 5346 - Authorizing Educational Vouchers

    Early Learning & K-12 Education Committee

    WFIS Position Paper on Educational Liberty
  • January 26, 2011 3:12 PM | Nancy NDCWebDesign (Administrator)
    Date: Thursday, February 10, 2011 Time: 6:00 pm Place: Liberty Theater 116 W. Main Ave. Puyallup, WA 98371 Mrs Madeleine J. Justus will receive the Washington Federation of Independent Schools 2011 Best of Washington most prestigious COLUMBIA AWARD for her lifetime achievements. Mrs Justus was one of the founding members of PNMA and WFIS in 1962. She devoted the major part of her 94 years to the Montessori Education and to improving the quality of education in Washington State. This is quite an honor to all Montessorians in our State. If you would llike to have more information or to attend the ceremony please contact "Best of Washington 2011".
  • January 26, 2011 3:11 PM | Nancy NDCWebDesign (Administrator)
    Spring Valley Montessori School Open House Science Fair and Cultural Projects Preschool-8th Grade classrooms will be open to Public to visit Date: Friday, January 28, 2011 Time: 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm address: 36605 Pacific Highway South, Federal Way, WA 98003 Phone: 253-927-2557 websote:
  • January 24, 2011 1:42 PM | Dee Hirsch (Administrator)
    WaKIDS includes three main components:
    1. Teacherundefinedfamily communication
    2. Assessment of the child in the four early childhood development domains of: (a) social and emotional development; (b) cognition and general development; (c) language, communication, and literacy; and (d) physical well-being, health, and motor development
    3. Early learning professional undefinedkindergarten teacher communication

    What has WaKIDS shown us so far? Based on the pilot results, more than one-third of students are entering kindergarten below expected skills levels in all four domains. Nearly half of children are not entering kindergarten with adequate skills in the area of language, communication, and literacy. These preparation gaps are even more pronounced for children from economically-disadvantaged households. We also know from kindergarten teachers that 86% of them think it would be useful to receive information from early learning professionals about the children they taught, nurtured, and worked with.

    Support WaKIDS, a kindergarten transition process, so that we can reduce the preparation gap and ensure our kids are better prepared for success in school and life.

    Note: this info was gleaned from the Childcare Resource and Referral Newsletter.

    To subscribe directly to the Early Learning Legislative Updates please send the following info to : (1) your name; (2) your organization name (if applicable); and (3) your email address.

  • January 20, 2011 1:34 PM | Anonymous

    Introduction and preparation for the support personnel in the Montessori Infant, Toddler and Early Childhood Environments

    20 Hours of Initial STARS Training


    Saturday, February 19, 2011 8-5pm

    Thursday, February 24, 2011 5-8pm

    Saturday, February 26, 2011 8-5pm

    Please note, we will only be taking ½ hour lunches on Saturday’s


    Early Bird Special $200.00 by February 10, 2011

    Late registration: $225.00 (space available)

    Presented by:

    Tammy Oesting & Juliana Fitts

    Location: Woodinville Montessori School, Bothell Campus

    19102 North Creek Parkway, Suite 100, Bothell, WA 98011

    PROGRAM  In this introductory interactive workshop series we will cover: Montessori Philosophy; Child Growth and Development; Health and Safety; Maintaining the Montessori Environment; Overview and Observation; and How to be a Professional Support Team Member. Topics are specific for the Infant, Toddler and Early Childhood classrooms and are designed as an introduction into the Montessori Classroom.

    Stars Hours: Successful completion of this workshop will earn the participant 20 hours of initial STARS training.  Please bring your STARS number with you on the first day of class if you would like to receive STARS hours.


    ·       Contact Kristen or Carolyn  Email:

    ·       Registration form available online at




  • January 13, 2011 1:50 PM | Anonymous

    MEIPN Workshop February 12, 2011

    9 am - 12pm

    Refresh, Renew, Revisit

    $60 includes clock hours or STARS

    Use this link for information & registration form

  • January 11, 2011 4:40 PM | Dee Hirsch (Administrator)
    Wednesday, January 12th, 2011

    We will have new functions on our website with the update.
    Watch for new Subscription Page soon!
  • December 07, 2010 3:00 PM | Dee Hirsch (Administrator)
    The first early learning collaboration sessions - part of the Washington Kindergarten Inventory of Developing skills (WaKIDS) pilot - happened during the last weeks of November. Early learning professionals and kindergarten teachers met around the state to brainstorm what ideal kindergarten transitions would look like.
    Learn more at

    This info was gleaned from the DEL December News

    DEL Birth to Three Plan will be presented to WA legislature in December.
    See the plan at Birthto3Plan.
  • December 01, 2010 10:18 PM | Diana Mamerto Holz

    Building Bridges modules with college credit are currently being funded by the Department of Early Learning (DEL). New offerings are scheduled to begin at the GRCC Kent Station in January.   Email for information. 

  • October 15, 2010 4:45 PM | Nancy NDCWebDesign (Administrator)

    The World Forum Foundation has initiated the planning for presentations at the 2011 World Forum on Early Care and Education in Hawaii.  As has always been the case, past and current participants build the program.  Typically over 500 people participate in the planning - deciding what topics will be discussed and deciding who will present.
    If you have suggestions for topics to be covered, if you have a topic that you would like to present, or if you want to suggest someone else as a presenter, please share your ideas on the 2011 Presentation Proposal survey. Keep in mind these guidelines for World Forum presentations:

    • Sessions are 1.5 hours - one hour for introductions and 2-4 presentations and 30 minutes for whole group discussion.
    • Strong preference is given to proposals that provide a diversity of perspectives.
    • Presenters are strongly encouraged to share stories and ideas in a warm and personal way.  The reading of papers is discouraged.
    • PowerPoint presentations are to be used for photographs and bullet points only.
    • Each team of presenters is encouraged to communicate and create something new and unique together.


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