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The Essential Practices of Educare

Actionable. Accessible. Accredited.
Core training to activate program excellence.

Educare’s high-quality early childhood schools form a network of learning hubs that innovates, evaluates, and shares best practices transforming the lives of children and families in under-resourced communities for over 20 years.

Now, with The Essential Practices of Educare (formerly known as Educare Best Practices Training), we’re making it possible for all educators to learn about and adopt the same practices that ensure Educare’s classrooms consistently perform among the best early childhood programs in the country.

The Essential Practices covers Educare’s four core practice areas most essential for school readiness and program improvement: Data Utilization, Embedded Professional Development, High-Quality Teaching, and Family Engagement. Choose the topics that matter most to you and customize a training solution that best serves your community.

No prerequisites. No prescribed order. Just trusted training backed by Educare and Start Early (formerly known as the Ounce).

This was a great training and made me think about myself and challenge some ideas that I previously had about myself and the work.

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The Details

What does The Essential Practices of Educare include?

The Essential Practices by Educare offers a flexible menu of eight training sessions for teams or individuals.

Data Utilization Sessions
Collecting and interpreting data to make decisions that improve child outcomes.

  • Foundations of Data Utilization
  • Data Utilization in Practice

Embedded Professional Development Sessions
Designing daily staff learning opportunities through team and coaching strategies.

  • Foundations of Embedded Professional Development
  • Embedded Professional Development in Practice

High-Quality Teaching Practices Sessions
Leveraging instructional culture and teacher-child interactions for classroom success.

  • Foundations of High-Quality Teaching Practices
  • High-Quality Teaching in Practice

Intensive Family Engagement Sessions
Promoting growth and learning through a school-wide approach to family partnerships.

  • Foundations of Intensive Family Engagement
  • Intensive Family Engagement in Practice

The Essential Practices by Educare’s Train-the-Trainer program, facilitated by a Start Early practice consultant, builds internal training capacity by preparing professional development staff to facilitate The Essential Practices sessions across early childhood systems and within the community. This fully supported training program culminates in organization and trainer certification and includes:

  • In-person trainer training sessions in Chicago
  • Trainer guides, practice supports
  • Online tools to support local participant registration, assessment and learning resources
  • Access to monthly live trainer webinars
  • Technical assistance via phone, email and video observation
  • In-person, on-site support for an organization’s first training session in each domain
  • Annual site visit by a Start Early practice consultant

Authorization to train individual modules is also available.

This training provides a solid foundation and structure, while allowing us to individualize it to meet the needs of our community/audience.

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Rooted in Research

Research-based and aligned to state and national standards

Educare schools have outstanding outcomes in classroom quality, family engagement, social-emotional development, classroom climate, and more

When children leave Educare for elementary school, the majority exhibit average or above-average kindergarten readiness and social-emotional skills

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