CHILD: Pre-K News

February 2021

Across the Partnership

CHILD- Cultural Heritage Improving Learning & Development

  • 4th & Final Year of Grant
  • 16 Preschools Operating

GOAL 1- Kindergarten Readiness

- Prepare Alaska Native preschool students with the social/emotional, motor, cognitive, and language/literacy skills needed to succeed in kindergarten.

- Served over 350 children, by providing half-day programs for 3 & 4 year olds

GOAL 2- Cultural Identity is Foundational

- 30 Curated Cultural Kits

- 72 Alaskan Literature Titles

- Created CHILD Language App & Cards

GOAL 3- Quality Teachers Leading Quality Programs

- Over 4,800 hours of professional development opportunities!

- Book Studies, On-Site Trainings, Conferences, In-services, Online Courses, and much more; all offered through a variety of methods to best meet staff needs.

Winter Extravaganza!

~ Partnership gathering of teachers to collaborate and gain inspiration for their profession

~ Hosted by a variety of dynamic speakers, covering an array of powerful topics

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Early Childhood Consortium

~ Jan. 27th - Virtual Gathering

~ 12 participants from across the regions within our grant partnership

~ Much appreciation to all of those who joined us for this event

~ Explored the journey of our grant, shared pertinent feedback on success thus far, and collaborated on future goals & projects with new grant initiatives

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Cultural Corner

2020-21 List of Titles

  • Animals, Habitats & Learning with Dough
  • Seasonal Subsistence Calendar
  • Alaskan Insects
  • Alaskan Birds
  • Rowdy Ravens
  • Iditarod Run
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Seasonal Subsistence Calendar

~ Classrooms will create a unique calendar for their community.

~ Throughout the year, classrooms will add local special events, birthdays, and harvesting activities while making personal connections throughout the seasons.

~ They will share experiences and learn about observing changes within their local environments.

~ Children are encouraged to collect images from around their community to add into each month or appropriate season on the calendar.

~ Seasonal words included in three languages: Yupik, Dena'ina, and Alutiiq.

Early Childhood: From the Experts!

Discover how developing a preschooler's spatial thinking ultimately leads to later success.
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