Technical assistance may take many forms, including mentoring, demonstrating and one-on-one consulting. Our experienced staff works closely with your organization to develop an individualized service plan that outlines goals and objectives aimed at achieving a specified knowledge area or STAR performance standard.

New Model Design

Richard Louv, author of Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children from Nature-Deficit Disorder, writes:

“At the very moment that the bond is breaking between the young and the natural world, a growing body of research links our mental, physical and spiritual health directly to our association with nature.”

Now, more than ever, dedication to time spent outdoors is essential for children.

We are always looking for ways to create innovative programs that enhance a child’s learning experience. The Urban Nature Preschools at Smith Memorial Playground are a great example of that! Nature Preschools have a uniquely different approach to education than conventional indoor programs and our partnership with Smith Memorial Playground will be one of the first of its kind in the nation.

Interested in learning more? Check out our video, featuring Sharon Easterling, former Executive Director, and Meg Wise, Smith Memorial Playground Executive Director.

Bridging ECE and Traditional Education

Through the P-3 Alignment Project we are improving the educational experience of young learners by increasing hands-on and inquiry-based learning in our partner schools, aligning instruction and resource between grades from PreK-3rd, and by facilitating family and community engagement in education and the learning process. Ultimately, we work to develop a sense of which strategies and activities are most impactful to young learners.

The goal of the P3 Communities of Practice project is twofold: First, to build collaboration and connection between early childhood and elementary school teachers and systems, and second, to identify effective teaching practices that support meaningful early learning.

Coalition Building

The West Philadelphia Action for Early Learning Initiative (AFEL) is a Drexel University-led collaboration of social service and education agencies, and community stakeholders working to create an education support system for families in the 19104 zip code; specifically in the high-need, high-poverty neighborhoods of West Philadelphia, recently designated the Mantua Promise Zone.

Part of Drexel’s University and Community Partnerships, the Initiative aims to build awareness around the importance of early childhood education while strengthening the capacity of child care centers. It also supports Pre-K and K-3 instruction with a strong emphasis on literacy so that children are better prepared for Kindergarten and reading by third grade. Many of AFEL’s program activities take place at Drexel’s Dornsife Center for Neighborhood Partnerships.

Quality Improvement

A star on your homework has always marked success and in ECE or SAC facilities it can build a pathway to success for providers and their students.

STARS Technical Assistance (TA) is an intensive, one-on-one service we provide to an ECE or SAC facility to enable the program to meet specific Keystone STARS Performance Standards. This service is designed to help facilities improve program quality and thus move to the next STAR level. Our Early Childhood Education Consultants provide strength-based consultation, training, career advising, and professional development. Consultation can have many forms, including one-on-one coaching, cohort facilitation, and a combination of professional development and consultation.

Through United Way’s Success By 6® program, we’re working to improve the level of education provided at child care centers throughout the region by providing full-spectrum technical assistance to raise existing STAR 2 programs to STAR 3. We’re providing training to early childhood educators to ensure that they are engaging children in effective ways; that they’re educating parents on their crucial role in supporting and nurturing their child’s learning; and that they’re intervening to get additional support for the child who needs it.

Quality Rating Accreditation Support

NAEYC’s voluntary accreditation system sets professional standards for early childhood education programs and helps families identify high-quality programs. Seeking first time or re-accreditation? We provide coaching and resources to help your program gain accreditation. Contact Lisa Schultz or visit the NAEYC Accreditation Program to learn more and get started.