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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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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.

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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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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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First Graders

Scaffolding Young Children’s Story Writing

Words of advice before trying the Teaching Learning Cycle to support children’s engagement with complex stories and their story writing: planning is key, start with one new strategy, and have fun.

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Top Summer Reads

Summer Reads Guaranteed to Inform and Inspire

Check out these resources to learn about supporting English learner students, implementing restorative-justice practices, and more.

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For Many Struggling in the Opioid Crisis, School & Early Childcare Programs Provide Safe Spaces: Q&A with WestEd’s Sarah Nadiv

Support for childcare providers and educators ensures that they, in turn, are able to help children who exhibit the effects of trauma.

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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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BABES

Behavioral Assessment of Baby’s Emotional & Social Style Toolkit

This new resource assists early childhood professionals to identify and to help families address areas in which their infants and toddlers may be exhibiting challenging behavior. Learn more and purchase your copy.

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