In the fall of 2019, Early Edge California started the LEA ECE Professional Learning Community (PLC), a group of the largest and most forward-thinking public education agencies that provide critical early care and education services to California children and families.
The PLC provides a common space for experts to share practices, opportunities, and challenges in the implementation of ECE programs. The goal of these exchanges is to improve access and quality for children through a shared learning model.
At our inaugural meeting last October in Sacramento, participants kicked off the PLC’s work by focusing on issues around local programs and practice, such as how to braid and leverage resources and provide meaningful professional learning and growth opportunities for teachers and program administrators.
Our second meeting happened last month in San Diego where the group discussed workforce issues and had the opportunity to tour and learn about a preschool program operated at a local elementary school. The PLC meets quarterly and is hosted by one of its members to enrich the shared learning experience by giving leaders in the public education early care community the opportunity to see other innovations in ECE programs.
Early Edge California intends to inform this work by bringing forward new or emerging state policies that impact local programs. Stay tuned for updates throughout 2020 about what we learn from our work with the LEA ECE Professional Learning Community.