NM RTT-ELC Summit - a big success!

December 11, 2017

On December 08, 2017, we held New Mexico's Race To the Top Early Learning Challenge Summit Celebrating Today - Building For Tomorrow. Over 400 early childhood professionals and advocates joined with us at the Albuquerque Convention Center to celebrate and learn about the accomplishments of the Race To the Top - Early Learning Challenge (RTT-ELC) grant over the past 5 years, as well as look forward to what it’s going to take to sustain these efforts into the future and to expand on the gains made.

We were excited to have Libby Doggett, Ph.D. as our key note speaker. As well as being a passionate advocate for quality early learning services for young children and their families, Libby was the Deputy Assistant Secretary at the US Department of Education in the Office of Early Learning and therefore responsible, with her counterpart at the US Department of Health and Human Services, for the administration of the Race To the Top - Early Learning Challenge grant, that was awarded to 19 states, including New Mexico. In her key note address “Celebration of New Mexico’s RTT-ELC Accomplishments” Libby let summit participants know that early childhood colleagues across the country are looking to learn from New Mexico and how we are seen as pioneering in a number of Early Learning areas. Participants were excited to hear Libby spell out some of the major accomplishments under the RTT-ELC in New Mexico, that included:

  • Creation of FOCUS Tiered Quality Rating and Improvement System in each early learning sector with over 420 programs participating in FOCUS;
  • 51 programs moved up at least one Star level in past year; 
  • Development of the KOT with 1,447 teachers assessing 22,073 children with the Kindergarten Observation Tool (KOT);
  • Creation of an Early Integrated Data System (ECIDS) allowing for reporting across programs and measuring outcomes over time;
  • Creation and support for 11 early childhood Investment Zones with early childhood coalitions and action plans;
  • 41,848 high needs children in FOCUS 4 and 5 Star sites;
  • Consultants provided support to 244 New Mexico PreK, 190 Special Education, and 67 Title I classrooms in 89 school districts and 7 FIT Programs;
  • 395 T.E.A.C.H. Scholarships to help early childhood personnel gain a degree;
  • 180 professionals trained in the Integrated Learning Approach;
  • 648 professionals trained as trainers on the Pyramid Framework to promote social emotional development; and
  • Implementation of a coordinated governance structure.

The Summit included several panels to showcase the work that has be achieved under the RTT-ELC grant and Summit participants were asked at their tables to reflect what they had heard and make recommendations for the work ahead.

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