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back to school

Back to School Fall 2020: Equity, Excellence, and Well-Being

This month we are highlighting resources to help you continue schooling this fall with a focus on equity, excellence, and well-being. This selection of resources provides actionable guidance to help you continue to make a positive difference in the lives of children, youth, and adults.

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How "Classrooms on Wheels" Reaches Rural Preschoolers During the Pandemic

REL West talks with community organizers in rural Nevada about how to ensure kindergarten readiness and how their programming pivoted during the pandemic.

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Teacher

High-Quality Online Professional 
Development, Training, and Support

Our virtual services provide access to a national network of peers and deliver timely evidence-based guidance to keep you moving forward.

College & careerCOVID-19Early childhoodearly childhood developmentEnglish language learnersEnglish learnersLiteracyMathematicsProfessional developmentScienceSpecial educationSTEMstudents with disabilities

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Early Childhood Development and Learning

Because healthy development in the early years pays off throughout one’s life, WestEd strives to ensure families and early childhood professionals have the skills and resources necessary to give young children a safe, healthy, emotionally secure, and intellectually rich start.

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Toddler and teacher

Sharing Deep Understanding of Child Development to Support Better Outcomes

Group learning. Individual and group support. A deep dive into child development. One program offers child care practitioners these benefits and more to improve practice and outcomes for children.

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Reconsidering the role of play in early childhood

The Role of Play in Early Childhood: Towards Social Justice and Equity

Highlighting powerful and provocative studies from around the world, a new book, co-edited by WestEd’s Julie Nicholson, illuminates social justice and equity issues related to play.

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Navajo Radio

How Navajo Families Are Developing Children's Math Skills at Home

Learn about the Early Mathematics Training Network's hands-on workshop with the Navajo Nation in Window Rock, Arizona.

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NAEYC Conference

Join WestEd at the 2018 NAEYC Annual Conference, November 14–17, in Washington, DC

Add WestEd sessions to your calendar, visit us at booth #1331 to meet our expert staff, and come to the PITC reception for food, drinks, and conversation.

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WestEd Published Articles

Inserting Child-Initiated Play into an American Urban School District

WestEd's Julie Nicholson co-authors article published in American Journal of Play.

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WestEd Published Articles

Gender Creative Children in a World of Diversity in Gender Identities

WestEd's Julie Nicholson co-authors book review for Multicultural Perspectives journal.

child & family studiesearly childhood developmentsocial justice