Prairie Lakes Area Education Agency

Virtual office hours to support administrators overseeing preschool programs

>The Iowa Department of Education recognizes preschool programs are different than K-12 programs. Preschool programs follow an approved set of program standards, use the Iowa Early Learning Standards, assess children with authentic observations in Teaching Strategies GOLD, and provide a child and family’s first experience with formal education. These unique features require a specialized understanding of early childhood programming, which may be new learning for some. 

Mary Breyfogle, an education program consultant at the Iowa Department of Education and former principal working with preschool programming, will hold virtual office hours through this zoom link from 3-5 p.m. every second Thursday of the month starting Oct. 12. No specific agenda will be presented, just a time set aside to answer questions and deepen understanding of the aspects that make preschool unique.

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