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  • March 01, 2011 5:26 PM | Dee Hirsch (Administrator)
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    Legislative session continues, with many bills moving forward that would affect DEL and the early learning community. We are keeping an eye on bills that would:
    • Create a state Department of Education (SB5639)
    • Create a portable background check for child care employees (HB1903 and SB5714)
    • Create a non-expiring child care license (HB1756 and SB5625)
    • Allow drop-in child care for employees in certain facilities (SB5172)
    • Adopt the Core Competencies as the state framework for defining what those who care for and teach young children should know and be able to do (SB5715)
    • Strengthen the penalties for offering unlicensed child care (SB5504)
    • Create a statewide education council (HB1849)
    • Change the membership of the Early Learning Advisory Council (HB1491 and SB5389)
    • Allow DEL and the Department of Social and Health Services to share certain background check information (HB1419 and SB5426)
    • Allow state entities to exempt certain information about children in early learning settings from public disclosure (HB1293 and SB5314)
    • Require DEL to make recommendations on tying subsidy to quality care indicators (HB1364)
    • Require DEL to make rules around child care in publicly owned or operated buildings (HB1776)
    • Require teachers in state-funded full-day kindergarten classrooms to use the Washington Kindergarten Inventory of Developing Skills (WaKIDS) starting in the 2012-2013 school year (HB1510, SB5427)
  • February 26, 2011 1:08 PM | Dee Hirsch (Administrator)
    PNMA sends our congratulations to Mrs. Madeleine Justus on recent recognition by Washington Federation of Independent Schools.  Colleagues in our Montessori community were honored to attend this event and hear Mrs. Justus recount her early years from her home in Europe to the beginnings of Spring Valley Montessori School.  We occupied 3 tables at dinner and showed our support for Montessori education in the Private School community!
  • February 25, 2011 6:07 PM | Dee Hirsch (Administrator)

    House Bill 1756 (authorizing a non-expiring license for early learning providers).  [This notice is courtesy of our friends at WFIS!]

    Substitute offered in the House on February 17, 2011, requires the DEL to establish timeframes for monitoring visits to non-expiring licensees.  The substitute bill defines an agency in good standing as one that does not have: valid complaints; history of noncompliance related to those valid complaints or pending from prior monitoring visits; or, other information that when evaluated would result in a finding of noncompliance. The substitute bill also requires the DEL to consider whether an agency is in good standing when determining the most appropriate approach and process for monitoring visits, and clarifies that the license renewal process does not apply to non-expiring licenses.

  • February 23, 2011 6:45 PM | Dee Hirsch (Administrator)
    Governor Gregoire has called for a Department of Education.

    Senate report is a short synopsis of the bills creating the DOE.

    WFIS Alert is a notice distributed on behalf of Private Schools.  PNMA provides a Montessori representative to WFIS based on Montessori school members of WFIS

    Companion Bills in the 2011-2012 sessions of WA Senate and House:

    SB 5639

    HB 1973

    These links will provide access to the history of the bill, hearings, and full text of the bill.
    Proposed timeline is to have a Transition Plan by January 1st 2012 and Phase in by July 1, 2012.
  • February 14, 2011 1:09 PM | Nancy NDCWebDesign (Administrator)
    Montessori Institute of America presents The Science Behind the Genius 2011 Conference. April 29-30,2011. "A conference for Montessorians, teachers and parents...geared for preschool and elementary children." To request a registration form email  Web Site:  Phone Number:  509-366-0449
  • 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





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