Early childhood leader, Kathy Hollowell-Makle cites a leading reason for her interest in early learning was the fact that time and time again, children were entering DC kindergarten classrooms “unprepared,” even though they had exposure to preschool programs.
Data collection and analysis is inherent to teaching and learning. Whether or not educators intentionally collect data, they are constantly using information about the children in their class to inform instruction. However, how educators collect, analyze, and use that data when broken down can be formalized in a process that can lead to more powerful results for all children. Plus, at the end of the day can ultimately help save educator’s time in planning and reporting out information to families and administrators.
Educators continue working to close learning gaps resulting from school interruptions as they celebrate children’s growth along the way. While many learning programs have helped children make enormous strides in literacy and math, closing the gap in social-emotional learning has proven more difficult.
Ignite by Hatch™ has earned the Research-Based Design for Instructional Learning Products: Product Certification from Digital Promise. This product certification serves as a rigorous and reliable signal for district and school leaders, educators, and families looking for edtech products with a confirmed basis in research about learning.
“Relevant learning outcomes must be well defined in cognitive and non-cognitive domains, and continually assessed as an integral part of the teaching and learning process. Quality education includes the development of those skills, values, attitudes, and knowledge that enable citizens to lead healthy and fulfilled lives, make informed decisions, and respond to local and global challenges.” – Incheon Declaration for Education, 2016
When it comes to your teachers’ professional development, there’s so much to consider. Not only do you have to think about you’re their individual learning styles, but you also have to remember just how difficult professional growth can be when time is so limited. Even with those constraints aside, there’s always another looming barrier to overcome — funding.
At Hatch Early Learning, we understand how important supporting your teachers with high-quality professional development programming and tools really is. That’s why we’re here to help you identify funding sources available outside the typical ways you find funding and how you can apply it to support your teachers.
Here are two more funding resources to tap to help take your teachers to the next level in professional development:
Every year, for the past two decades, the National Institute for Early Education Research (NIEER) at Rutgers University releases their State of Preschool report. Over that time, we have seen incremental progress in state preschool enrollment, spending per child, and quality initiatives; however, this year’s report for the 2020-2021 school year illustrated the pandemic impact has set us back.
Introducing your children to mindfulness is one of the most effective ways to ensure their success both inside and outside of the classroom. Whether you want to help kids improve focus, enhance their social-emotional learning, or help them stay on track academically, the benefits of mindfulness will have a lasting impact on their health and well-being. All you have to do is practice!
If you’re looking to add a mindfulness practice to your teaching toolkit, here are a few proven strategies to effectively incorporate it into your learning program:
At Hatch, we believe every week should be Teacher Appreciation Week. But next week is officially Teacher Appreciation Week — and Tuesday is National Teacher Day — so we hope you’re planning an even bigger “thank you!” for all your amazing teachers.
Whether you plan on decorating classrooms or loading up on your teachers’ favorite treats, there’s no better time than Teacher Appreciation Week to show your teachers how much they mean to your learning program.
Ignite by Hatch™ earns nod from industry leaders
[Winston-Salem, North Carolina] (April 25, 2022) Hatch Early Learning today announces that Ignite by Hatch™ was named a 2022 SIIA CODiE Award finalist in the Best PreK / Early Childhood Learning Solution category. CODiE finalists represent the best products, services and people in the education and business technology industries.
When you look at the education funding you receive as separate layers that can be blended, or braided, together, you can provide even stronger support for your learning program.
Nurturing a child’s cultural identity is foundational to supporting social-emotional learning and development. When cultural identities are nurtured, you’ll not only build trust and stronger relationships with children, but you’ll also ensure that they experience a sense of belonging in your classroom.
While Black History Month is a terrific time to reflect on the accomplishments of America’s Black leaders — especially those who transformed education for our country’s youth — we believe it’s important to celebrate their lasting impact throughout the year.
Family and parent involvement is a crucial part of any child’s early education. Caregivers may not think of themselves as teachers, but they play an important role in their child’s lifelong learning. While schools provide rich learning environments for children, we know that parents and families are a child’s first and most important teacher.
With Ignite by Hatch™, we’ve seen children experience two levels of growth in just six months. And much of that progress is owed to those behind the scenes, like Kylie Rymanowicz, a content developer at Hatch, who works on Ignite.
When it comes to incorporating a digital platform into your early learning program, there are a few important things to keep in mind.
When it comes to helping children in your learning program achieve academic success, strong partnerships are incredibly important. And there’s no partnership more valuable than the one you build with families — but you may have to make the first move!
National Family Literacy Month ends today, but that doesn't mean we have to stop reading together! When it comes to instilling a lifelong love of reading among children, families play a critical role. That’s why it’s so important to encourage parents to read aloud to their children at home during — and beyond — National Family Literacy Month.
Like most early childhood educators, the main goal of Lola Vallaire-Thomas, a preschool administrator in Louisiana’s Vermillion Parish Early Childhood Network, is to prepare her early learners for kindergarten. But it’s not always easy, especially when there’s a disconnect between city, district, and state standards, and the Gold objectives her program is expected to meet.
Understanding where a child’s strengths lie — and where room for improvement may exist — is critical when it comes to academic success. While assessments will shine a light on the skill areas that need more attention, it’s more effective to identify where additional support is needed before test time. This way you can tailor classroom experiences that not only boost learning, but make it even more enjoyable!
This past summer, over 2,200 pre-k children in Georgia experienced the magic of Ignite by Hatch™. And just in time for kindergarten, too, as these children achieved 2 levels of growth, on average, across 7 domains of learning in just six weeks — all by engaging in developmentally appropriate, research-backed play!
When I was in preschool, my grandma gifted me a wooden puzzle stool. She had the letters of my name made into puzzle pieces that fit on the surface of the seat. It was such a special gift, and one that I played with for many, many hours during my childhood.
At Hatch Early Learning®, our products and resources are not only research-based, but they are also research-proven and validated. The accompanying criteria report and whitepaper help prove that Ignite by Hatch™ supports the delivery of positive outcomes for all young learners!
In early childhood education, we talk a lot about “at-risk children”. Moreover, we do all we can to identify these students through the lens of ethnicity, language and socio-economic status. This is especially true in the early childhood classroom, where so much attention is paid to managing so many different kids with so many different backgrounds and abilities.
Our webinar’s speakers are so brilliant, we wish we could have asked them questions all day long. Kay Holman, Ph.D., CCC-SLP from Towson University and Erica Solliday, M.S. and Catherine Walton from Baltimore County Public Schools treated us to an insightful look into the world of autism among early learners. But since we couldn’t keep them all day, they were kind enough to choose a few questions from a recent webinar. (If you missed this fantastic discussion, please click here to watch it.) Read on for what they had to say:
Back to school is a special time of year. There’s a frenetic, anxious sort of energy in the air, but it’s also a curious blend of hope, panic, optimism and relief. No matter your feelings on the back-to-school season, it holds a particular type of magic for teachers, children and parents.
For more than thirty years, Fred Rogers beamed into homes from Atlanta to Anaheim, doing what was at the time, almost unthinkable – giving his undivided attention to young consumers who couldn’t pay for advertising, nor make donations to public television or speak on its behalf.