Community Conversations with DEL:
The language of licensing, Early Achievers, and ECEAP are under review since passage of the Early Start Act in August 2015. We all have an opportunity to meet across the state for input on the language and policies.
The Department of Early Learning has a new director, Ross Hunter, who is eager to make current programs work better and serve children and families most in need. The interactions with the public have expanded to be inclusive and to get the changes right for the early learning community.
Montessori School Verification:
The PNMA pilot program providing a pathway for Montessori schools to be recognized by WA state agencies has launched and is open for applications. This phase applies to Early Childhood primary classrooms.
The Verification committee leads schools through the process and provides the Montessori professionals who will conduct school visits. A training of these volunteers provides the capacity for us to serve the schools participating in the pilot.
The goal of the program is to have an accessible and supportive process in place for all Montessori schools by July 1, 2017. Along the way we also work with our partners at DEL to assure success of the effort. We anticipate recognition of the essential standards of practice in our early childhood programs.