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April 2015
Month of the Young Child

April marks “Month of the Young Child”, an annual celebration highlighting the needs of young children and their families, early learning programs and support services. To launch the festivities and promote early literacy, Acting State Superintendent Kang, Deputy Mayor Niles, Council Members Bonds, Grosso, Allen, Alexander and Nadeau, Team OSSE and other community and business leaders visited early learning centers across the District to participate in story time with our youngest learners. 

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MOYC is an extension of the annual celebration of Week of the Young Child sponsored by the National Association of the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) which honors early learning, young children, their teachers and families. MOYC is celebrated at early childhood programs across the US and beyond. 
 
Thank you for registering to attend the 2015 Infant and Toddler Conference: Growing Young Minds. The conference is currently at capacity and we are no longer taking registrations. However, please check the registration website regularly for openings. 

Read the 2015 Infant and Toddler Conference FAQ. 
On Monday, March 23, Mayor Muriel Bowser was joined by Acting State Superintendent of Education Hanseul Kang and the Deputy Mayor for Education Jennie Niles to officially launch the District of Columbia's Early Learning Quality Improvement Network (QIN). View event photos
Events
Pinwheels for Prevention Fair:
Child Abuse Awareness Forum

Friday, April 10, 2015
12:00 pm- 2:00 pm
Wear blue to take a stand against child abuse and join OSSE staff at the Pinwheel Fair in recognition of Child Abuse Awareness. RSVP Now!

Register Now for the 
Quarterly Provider Meetings 

Home Provider Meeting:
April 11, 2015
10:00 am-12:00 pm
Anacostia Neighborhood Library
(1800 Good Hope Road, SE. Washington, DC 20020)
Home Provider Meeting Registration

Level I Provider Meeting:
April 22, 2015
10:00 am-12:30 pm
Matthews Memorial Baptist Church
(2616 Martin Luther King Junior Avenue, SE. Washington, DC 20032)
Level I Provider Meeting Registration

Level II Provider Meeting:
April 22, 2015
1:00 pm- 3:30 pm
Matthews Memorial Baptist Church
(2616 Martin Luther King Junior Avenue, SE. Washington DC 20032)
Level II Provider Meeting Registration
Healthy and Happy Children
The District of Columbia's Child Care Resource and Referral Center has a new hotline number and email address. For child care resources email 
osse.dcchildcareconnections@dc.gov  or call 202-469-8523.

DC Child Care Connections is committed to improving the quality of early care and education services for District children and families.
Professional Development
The 2015 Spring Professional Development Catalog is now available! View available courses.
Did You Know?
Attention Level II Providers and Child Care Services Division (CCSD) Intake Workers! Did you know, you can now email requests for technical support to osse.subsidysupport@dc.gov?

Email for your technical support on creating a Citrix account and resetting your password, Citrix errors, accessing the OECD Modules, including DC Assign and Client Entry and resetting your password for the OECD Modules.
Provider Spotlight
The Bridges Academy Inc. uses innovative ways to engage children under the leadership of Center Director Lillette Campbell. Read More!



Nominate a program/ provider to be featured in an upcoming Provider Spotlight.
Resources
The State Early Childhood Development Coordinating Council held its first public meeting of 2015 on March 24, 2015. View the meeting materials. 

The Center for Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships at the U.S. Department of Education has created a new series called “Education Matters,” a monthly bulletin of resources for faith groups and non-profit stakeholders. Read the first bulletin.

Strong Start Early Intervention Playgroups offer an opportunity for you and your child to learn and play together in a wam, welcoming environment. To register or learn more contact Jennifer Gee.