Happy New Year! 2019 was a busy year for early care and education programs. From state to local levels, departments and agencies competed for new funding and worked hard to improve program quality and provide services to meet the needs of young children and families.

As we look ahead to 2020, we also reflect back on 2019. Our team members contributed blog content on a variety of topics, ranging from inclusion to coaching and data-driven decision making to name a few.

Our most popular Talking Points blog posts showed the diverse interests of the early childhood community. The blog posts that received the most visits focused on improving instructional support (CLASS), Preschool Development Grants, and planning for a federal review. Take a look, below.

Raise CLASS Instructional Support Scores with These Small Changes – Dimensions of Instructional Support in CLASS often pose challenges for programs, and this blog post offers tips for how to look at and address common challenges.

Preschool Development Grant Awards Announced – This blog post recapped the early 2019 Preschool Development Grant (PDG) awards and shared award amounts by state.

It’s Not Too Soon to Plan for Your Federal Review – In this blog post, Patti Greenstein, Senior Consultant at Foundations for Families, offers her insight into federal monitoring, providing lessons learned and tips to prepare.

We look forward to offering rich content on the Talking Points blog in 2020. In 2020, we’ll provide new content that builds on areas from 2019. We’ll dig deeper into coaching, monitoring, CLASS, and community assessment. We’ll also introduce brand new ideas and insights to continue to support the early care and education field. Are there topics you’re interested to learn more about? Or areas where you’d be interested to hear from content experts? Let us know! We want Talking Points to be useful to you and we appreciate your feedback.

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