On September 6, SECC and CEELO held their monthly conference call to
continue collaboration and discussion of early childhood efforts in SECC’s region and nationally. CEELO, and the Alabama Department of Early Childhood Education (ADECE) held a phone conference on September 7 to discuss ways to incorporate early education in their ESSA state plan. The conversation focused on developing a template
for the state’s ESSA plan and facilitating stakeholders’ meetings. SECC early childhood project lead, Kathleen Theodore, participated in CEELO’s regional comprehensive center’s (RCCs) collaborative discussion on “ESSA, SEAs, and Us” on September 19. The discussion was led by Chris Dwyer, early learning lead of the Mid-Atlantic
Comprehensive Center. The conversation focused on implications of ESSA and opportunities for early learning, SEA roles and responsibilities, what is being heard from states about ESSA/early learning and their requests for assistance, and coordinating communication between CEELO and the RCCs on technical assistance. On September 21, SECC early childhood project lead, Kathleen Theodore, and REL Southeast and AIR Senior Researcher Zena Rudo held a phone conference to discuss early childhood efforts in both SECC and REL Southeast and to discuss ways to collaborate. In addition, SECC and CEELO conducted their regular monthly phone conference with Dr. Jill Dent, MDE director of early childhood. During the meeting, SECC and CEELO learned about early childhood events in Mississippi for the month of September as well as future plans by the department. The two centers, SECC and CEELO, served as thought partners as well as facilitated discussions on ways to coordinate technical assistance work in Mississippi.