by Faith Hoyt, with Julie Yamada
Over 20 Pacific Union early childhood education (ECE) directors met together at the Ontario Airport Hotel in Ontario, Calif., this last November during their 2019 ECE workshop to focus on “Creating a Culture of Collaboration.”
Marie Alcock, president of Learning Systems Associates, presented a seminar for educators on understanding and shaping a school culture. Alcock also addressed personalized learning, brain-based learning environments, and instructional practices.
At the workshop, ECE directors became more familiar with the process of accreditation for early childhood programs during a training provided by Evelyn Sullivan, the North American Division early childhood education director. Many of the teachers attend local workshops or online trainings to help keep their Pacific Union Professional Achievement Recognition certificate and state permit up to date.
Workshops like these are hosted every other year to keep ECE directors updated on ECE Adventist accreditation, California ECE legislation, and childcare licensing regulations. Additionally, the workshop provides Adventist educators with resources and training to help young people on their journey to excellence. Recently, the Mauna Loa Preschool in Hilo, Hawaii, received the first ever preschool accreditation by the Adventist Accreditation Association (AAA). They also received a renewed accreditation from the National Council for Private School Association (NCPSA), who partner with the AAA on accreditation.
“Accreditation helps ECE programs meet a higher standard and gives recognition for the great work they are already doing,” said Julie Yamada, associate director of early childhood education at the Pacific Union Conference. “More Adventist preschools in the Pacific Union will soon go through this process.”
In the Pacific Union, 29 early childhood education (ECE) programs provide a safe and fun learning environment for over 1, 000 children ages 2-5. Of these programs, five ECE centers also care for infants ranging from 3 months to 23 months. Most ECE centers are located throughout California (25 total), and four operate in Hawaii. Many operate on the same campus as Adventist K-8 or K-12 schools—and some are found at local churches.
“ECE programs are important for children who enjoy a social atmosphere where they can learn from and play with peers,” Yamada said. “In our SDA programs, they learn about God and the Bible. They learn basic math concepts, language sounds and early concepts, simple science, and social and emotional skills.”
To look for an ECE program near you, visit: adventistfaith.com/education.
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Top of page: Some of the over 20 early childhood education directors from around the Pacific Union Conference work together on an activity that helps groups learn collaboration techniques. This and other activities were part of the 2019 ECE Directors Workshop.
Photos by Julie Yamada
Pacific Union Conference early childhood education (ECE) directors meet together for the 2019 ECE workshop hosted at the Ontario Airport Hotel in Ontario, Calif. At the workshop, educators focused on “Creating a Culture of Collaboration” with main presenter Marie Alcock. Workshops like these are hosted every other year to keep ECE directors updated on ECE Adventist accreditation, California ECE legislation, and childcare licensing regulations. Additionally, the workshop provides Adventist educators with resources and training to help young people on their journey to excellence.