Dear Early Learning and Care Partners,

Fresno County Superintendent of Schools–in partnership with the AIMS Center for Math and Science Education, WestEd, the California Early Math Project, the California State Board of Education, and the California Department of Education, Early Learning and Care Division–is announcing a professional development opportunity for agencies who provide training and support for the early care and education (ECE) workforce who serve children birth to third grade. This opportunity is provided by the California Statewide Early Math Initiative funded by the California Department of Education, Early Learning and Care Division. Professional Development agencies, or those who conduct early learning training and coaching, are invited to submit applications to participate in a train-the-trainer professional learning and coaching program designed to develop capacity and expertise in early mathematics and science education. The program will engage leaders in developing awareness, program plans, implementation strategies, and tools and practices to leverage community resources in improving mathematics education in their own early learning contexts across the state.

The professional learning and coaching will include:

· Participation in a week-long train-the-trainer institute in July 2019 and a follow-up convening in June 2020;

· Monthly virtual coaching sessions; and

· Quarterly virtual community of practice sessions.

A total of 25 to 30 agencies will be selected via an application process to participate in the program, and will receive $100,000 to support their full participation in the entire project period from July 2019 to September 2020. Our goal is to recruit a representative sample of agencies/sites across California, in regard to geography (e.g., rural vs. urban; and small vs. large county) and target population characteristics (e.g., those characteristics which align with the Local Control Funding Formula, including Dual Language Learners and English Learners, children with disabilities and other special needs, etc.). Participation in Quality Counts California will be prioritized, in addition to those agencies who train and support the mixed delivery system within ECE (e.g., school and/or center-based sites, family/friend/neighbor, neighborhood resource centers, family child care homes, etc.).

At the following link, you will find the Participant Application, which is due on April 30, 2019, at 5 p.m.: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/C2FH8QM. Selected candidates will be contacted by May 10, 2019.

If you have any questions, please contact Matilda Soria at msoria.

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