All of our instructional staff took the comprehensive 18 week online course offered by world famous Program for Infant-Toddler Care (PITC). It is a collaboration of WestEd and the California Department of Education. It includes extensive online interactions and discussions, in-depth reading, embedded practice in classrooms, and video conferencing.
One half of our 32 member teaching staff was in the cohort taking the 2015 fall session. The other half joined the cohort taking the course in the winter session. As new staff members come on board, they schedule to take the very special course.
Course topics include an exploration of the different temperament types; stages of social-emotional development; development of self-esteem, security, and social competence; socialization and guidance; program policies that best support healthy social-emotional development; learning, culture, and families; early brain development and learning; discoveries of infancy; culture; partnerships with families; and, working with children with special needs.
Our Center Directors and Site Supervisor have taken PITC’s world famous Train the Trainer courses in Berkeley and San Diego. They are conducted onsite with approximately 12 trainers and 150 professionals at a time and comprising Modules 1-4 and lasting 18 weeks. Two of our directors have also completed additional training at PITC Directors Academy conferences and conducted in-house PITC-related training for our entire C5 Children’s School staff. Our Director of Learning has also taken the basic and advanced training on programming for and work with Special Needs children and families. The basic part of that training is considered Module Five of the PITC series.
PITC Directors Academies are offered every year and involve the very latest in their world famous research and practices relating to early childhood learning and development. Ongoing topics cover Brain Development, Multi-Cultural Influences, The Importance of Open-Ended and Risk-Taking Play, Engaging and Supporting Families, Promoting Equity Balance: Black Boys in Early Learning Programs, Immigrant Families and Belonging: Building a Sense of Home, Family Partnerships and Culture, and Transformational Family Engagement: Families Strengthening Families.
Visit the Program for Infant-Toddler Care (PITC) website: https://www.pitc.org/pub/pitc_docs/home.csp
We have completed the second day of training in a three-day Saturday series on best practices in comprehensive infant and toddler care, development, and learning. The last day will be November 14th. The training is based in part on the RIE Approach (Resources for Infant Educarers). It is held in the C5 Conference Center once a month for six hours each day. The leaders are C5’s Director of Learning, CA State Building Center Director, SF City Building Center Site Supervisor, and two C5 teachers who are leaders in RIE-related theories and practices.
This fall, we are training 13 teachers. Last fall, we trained 18 teachers. And, from January to April in 2014, 11 of us were trained by a RIE certified trainer.
We add about 75% of what RIE has to offer to our comprehensive approach that includes significant influences from the world famous PITC program (Program for Infant-Toddler Care) developed by the California Department of Education and Western Regional Educational Laboratories. We apply all of those those elements and more in our work with infants and toddlers and their families to produce our leading edge program.
C5 announces our study focus for the 2015-2016 school year. It will be “The Sublime – Facilitating Making Meaning and Fostering Optimal Development with Infants, Toddlers, Preschoolers, and Pre-Kindergarten Children.”
The C5 staff will be expertly facilitating children in making transitions through the sublime stage when one thing is about to become another… when children are discovering so much and making meaning in so many ways.
We, along with C5 children, parents, and family members, will present our findings and examples of our work on this topic through documentation, displays, postings, discussions, and presentations at various stages throughout the year and especially during our annual Festival of Learning that is held for the entire month of May, 2016.
C5 sends four teachers to the Luna Dance Institute for four days of seminars, workshops, and dance training for implementing in C5’s Creative Movement and Dance Program with all of our children and families.
Costume Days are here again! All families and staff engage in three weeks of making costumes and props that represent children’s inclinations, interests, fascinations, dreams, and desires. The first two weeks are devoted to families starting costumes at home. The last week is “Costume Week!” where children finish any unfinished costumes, plan and participate in skits, dramatic play, films, written plays, and parades. The last day of Costume Week is the annual Costume Party Potluck. Everyone comes in costume and enjoys the delicious food, music, dancing, and parade and the amazing variety of costumes and presentations.
The C5 community elected three new members to the Board of Directors of our private, not-for-profit C5 Children’s School corporation. They are Jay Srivats, Barbara Gallios, and Teresa Au.
Continuing Members —
The continuing members are Bev Melugin, Cathy Rivlin, Linda Delgado, Melina Talavera, Rachel Meeks, Deya Brashears-Hill, Jennifer Kovacevich, Carly Thomas, Joel Krause, and Anat Shiwak.
Board Activities —
Our volunteer Board of Directors meets quarterly and monitors and addresses broad policies, financial health and performance, executive personnel issues, service to our constituents and the community, and the long-term viability and prosperity of the organization.
C5 sends four teachers to the four day Learning with Nature Conference in Santa Cruz. They will coordinate with the other teachers who have gone in past years to continue to improve how we use a variety of natural materials in many ways in gardening, the classrooms, explorations, and projects throughout the year.