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March 2015

OSSE is partnering with First Book to help distribute more than 40,000 brand-new FREE books in the District of Columbia to support educators and program leaders serving children in need.
 
All educators, paraprofessionals, and program leaders serving kids in need across DC are encouraged to sign up with First Book today to participate in this free book distribution.
 
HERE’S HOW YOU DO IT!
  1. Sign up now online with First Book. Signing up is free and takes only minutes to complete. Only individuals who register  will have access to this distribution initiative.
  2. Keep an eye on your email. First Book and OSSE will send out more information about where and when books will be distributed in the DC area during April’s Week of the Young Child.
  3. Help spread the word! If you know other teachers, program coordinators or community leaders serving kids in need in the District, please pass the word on and encourage them to sign up as well. 
SIGN UP NOW!
On Friday, February 27, Mayor Muriel Bowser, joined by Deputy Mayor for Education Jennie Niles, announced the appointment of Hanseul Kang to serve as the State Superintendent of Education. Kang served as Chief of Staff for the state of Tennessee’s Department of Education since 2011. She is a seasoned leader and former high school teacher. Learn More
OSSE's Division of Early Learning presents the 2nd Annual Infant and Toddler Conference on April 28, 29, and 30, 2015 at the Kellogg Conference and Hotel Center. Earn nine professional development clock hours and receive training from nationally acclaimed faculty. Learn More!
Events
It's almost April, which means it's almost time to celebrate our youngest learners during Month of the Young Child (MOYC)! View the 2015 Calendar of Events.
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Committee on Education Performance Oversight Hearing for the Office of the State Superintendent of Education on March 5, 2015.
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42nd Annual Head Start Conference and Expo. March 29, 2015- April 2, 2015 at the Walter E. Convention Center. Registration is Now Open!
Healthy and Happy Children
Help Your Child Become a Great Problem Solver

13 Things Babies Learn When We Read with Them


5 Ways to Build Math Into Your Child's Day


For more helpful resources, visit NAEYC.
Professional Development
  • Breathing Easy: Asthma Training for Caregivers of Young Children: Monday, March 9, 2015; 10:00 am- 12:00 pm, 810 First Street NE. Register by email.
  • Patterns Here, There and Everywhere: Friday, March 13, 2015; 5:00 pm- 7:00 pm, National Building Museum. Register by web.
  • A World of Difference: Anti- Bias Foundations for Early Learners: Tuesday, March 31, 2015; 9:00 am- 4:30 pm, 810 First Street NE. Register by web. 
Did You Know?
Did you know, the FY15 State Grant Application under Part C of the Individuals with Disabilities Education (IDEA) is now available for public comment? Read more. 
Provider Spotlight
National Children's Center (NCC) launches Brunch Bunch, a book club for parents and children. This initiative creates an opportunity for parents to collaborate with each other, the program coordinator, and special guests while promoting early literacy. Read More!

Nominate a program/ provider to be featured in an upcoming Provider Spotlight.
Resources
President Obama Focuses on Child Care. Watch the video clip. 

Watch the full video.
 
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