United Way of Southeastern Pennsylvania was the lead agency and fiscal agent for Early to Learn: Partners for School Readiness (E2L), a five-year, $17.5 million, initiative. This project began in 2002 to address the needs of low-income children in the Philadelphia area. For the first three years, child care centers engaged in quality improvement efforts focused on the classroom learning environments. Centers were each given $30,000 for equipment, furniture, and supplies, as well as four hours of technical assistance per week. In the final two years of the Early to Learn Initiative, the charge shifted to implementing sustainability strategies. The Program Administration Scale (PAS) was used as a tool to help center administrators sustain the classroom improvements made.
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The Aim4Excellence National Director Credential is recognized as meeting the Pennsylvania Keystone STARS requirements for nine-hour director credential coursework. Participants must present proof that they have completed all nine Aim4Excellence modules for college credit when applying for the PA Director Credential certificate. Learn more at: http://www.pakeys.org
Public school teachers in Pennsylvania are required to complete continuing professional education credits to maintain their certifications as outline in the Pennsylvania Department of Education’s ACT 48.
Pennsylvania Aim4Excellence participants who take the modules for college credit may be able to apply their credits to meet ACT 48 requirements. After completing the modules for credit, send an official unopened sealed transcript showing completion of the Aim4Excellence college courses to:
PDE Act 48 Transcript
333 Market St, 3rd Floor
Harrisburg, PA 17126-0333
For additional information visit the Pennsylvania Department of Education’s website.
Bright Horizons directors may use their tuition reimbursement benefit toward the cost of the Aim4Excellence national director credential. Both the noncredit and for credit options are eligible for reimbursement. For additional information see the flyer on Bright Web: https://mybrightweb.brighthorizons.com
Participants may opt to take the modules for undergraduate level credit through National Louis University. The approved courses (5 quarter hours per course) are ECE311: Administration I – Leadership Strategies and Staff Development (Covers Modules 1, 2, and 3), ECE312: Administration II – Managing Center Operations and Finances (Covers Modules 4, 5, and 6), and ECE313: Administration III – Implementing and Evaluating the Program (Covers Modules 7, 8, and 9). Students pay an additional $380 per course and register by selecting the college credit option when registering online: McCormickCenter.nl.edu/Aim4Excellence.
Participants may opt to take the modules for undergraduate level credit through the University of Southern Indiana. The approved courses (3 semester hours per course) are EDUC 340: Special Topics Aim4Excellence™ (Covers Modules 1, 2, and 3), EDUC 340: Special Topics Aim4Excellence™ (Covers Modules 4, 5, and 6), and EDUC 490: Special Topics Aim4Excellence™ (Covers Modules 7, 8, and 9). Courses are offered at USI’s standard tuition rate. Eligible Indiana participants may apply for scholarships through T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® INDIANA to assist with the costs. Interested participants should contact Jennifer Mohr at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Aim4Excellence participants may opt to take the modules for graduate level credit through the University of North Dakota. The approved courses (4 semester hours per course) are T&L590: Administration and Leadership in Early Childhood Education I (Covers Modules 1, 2, and 3), T&L590: Administration and Leadership in Early Childhood Education II (Covers Modules 4, 5, and 6), and T&L590: Administration and Leadership in Early Childhood Education III (Covers Modules 7, 8, and 9). In addition to completing the modules, students are required to engage in an online discussion. Interested participants should contact Jo-Anne Yearwood at email@example.com or call 701.777.3947 to get started.