Welcome to the WY ECPLC Professional Learning Library. Here you will find resources on best practices in early childhood education to support your professional learning. Each topic in the library will include resources developed especially for Wyoming Early Childhood Educators by the WY ECPLC team, as well as compilations of the best web resources, articles, and books available. For assistance in selecting learning tools that are the best fit for you, and for help in designing a learning opportunity that will earn you STARS credit, contact your Regional Professional Learning Facilitator. We offer a broad range of resources intended for all early childhood educators, regardless of position, education, or experience. We have also taken special care to identify resources for professionals in positions that are often underrepresented - Family Home Childcare, Infant and Toddlers, and Early Childhood Leaders.
COWBOY STATE CONFERENCE VIDEO ARCHIVE
Now more than ever, we are inspired by Early Childhood Professionals, your commitment to your families, and your passion for your profession. Over the two days of this virtual conference, we had the chance to learn from experts, chat with speakers, other attendees, and take away information, ideas, and inspiration. We hope you enjoy this Video Archive of the the Cowboy State 2020 Virtual Conference presentations.
The resources shared here represent the work of the Wyoming Early Childhood Professional Learning Collaborative to respond to the immediate needs of early childhood educators and families in Wyoming during the COVID-19 school closures.
Early learning environments provide the framework for all young children’s learning. Intentionally designed learning environments that meet children’s developmental needs, represent their lives and experiences, capture their interest, captivate their minds, and encourage collaborative learning are a sign of a high quality early childhood program.
TEACHER-CHILD RELATIONSHIPS AND INTERACTIONS
Relationships are the foundation for all learning. Children and families thrive when they experience consistent, caring, and responsive relationships.
Supportive partnerships with families are a hallmark of high quality early childhood programs. Children thrive when the adult relationships surrounding them are healthy and strong.
Early childhood leaders have a powerful influence on the experiences of teachers, families, and children every day. Leaders also often experience the lowest levels of support, and the highest incidents of stress, anxiety, and burn-out of all early childhood professionals.
Early childhood education is a complex and demanding profession. Early childhood educators need essential skills to overcome challenges, embrace change, and become successful professionals.
FAMILY HOME CHILDCARE
Family Home Childcare programs fill an important niche and provide an essential service for children, families and communities in Wyoming.
OBSERVATION, DOCUMENTATION AND ASSESSMENT
Observing and assessing young children’s learning requires a specialized set of skills that early childhood educators must continually adjust and improve upon to meet the unique and changing needs of children and families in their care.
TEACHING IN THE CONTENT AREAS
Here you will find professional learning resources to strengthen your teaching in the content areas, including: literacy, mathematics, science, social studies, music, art, and physical education.