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Division of Early Learning
The mission of the Division of Early Learning (DEL) is to provide leadership and coordination to ensure that all District of Columbia children, from birth to kindergarten entrance, have access to high quality early childhood development programs and are well prepared for school.
In an effort to streamline the child care subsidy renewal application process for licensed child care providers in the District of Columbia, the Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE) introduces its new online Subsidy Agreement Renewal Application (SARA) system. Beginning with the 2013-2014 school year, all previously licensed providers are required to renew their application using SARA. This system is designed to reduce time and costs associated with processing renewals. SARA will allow providers to submit applications online and attach required documents that will partially include pre-populated information. Providers can also check the status of submitted applications by using the system.
Early Learning Standards (2013 Adoption)
The Common Core Aligned Early Learning Standards have been adopted by the State Board of Education!
OSSE is pleased to announce and share the newly adopted Common Core Aligned Early Learning Standards and accompanying professional development training sessions.
The training sessions have been carefully developed to assist early learning educators fully understand and use the new standards. Each session is approximately three hours long and seat credit will be given to all participants.
Several trainings have been tentatively scheduled for May and June, 2013. Specific dates and times will be available by April 15th. Once the dates are posted you will have two options to register:
Professional Development Plan Feedback
OSSE has developed an implementation/support plan for the new standards, but we need stakeholder feedback: Early Learning Standards Implementation Information and Feedback
Education and Program Improvement Unit
The Education and Program Improvement Unit focuses on connecting the dots between all early childhood development programs through training and technical assistance, program quality assurance and evaluation. The Unit consists of Program Monitoring and Professional Development of subsidized facilities.
Licensing and Compliance Unit
The Licensing and Compliance Unit is responsible for ensuring compliance through the enforcement of federal and District of Columbia laws and regulations in child development facilities (CDF). The Unit comprises of two (2) programs: CDF Licensing of Centers and Homes, and Investigations of Complaints and Unusual Incidents.
Operation and Administrative Services Unit
The Operation and Administrative Services Unit supports all DEL programs in providing access to high-quality early learning environments. The major functions are, but not limited to, budget preparation and analysis, grants management, provider agreements and subsidy payroll, contracts and procurement, invoice reimbursement, program analysis, coordination and submission of Key Performance Indicators and performance measures and score card, Language Access Act Report and customer service report, eligibility determination and monitoring, Freedom of Information Act requests, Child Care and Development Fund Block Grant, and financial reports.
Policy and Research Unit
The Policy and Research Unit is a multidisciplinary unit focused on steering collaborative research to support policy development and recommendation for policy review. The key functions are to coordinate programmatic and statistical reports, coordinate the early learning information management system development, and coordinate and monitor research projects and development of priorities for new projects.
Head Start State Collaboration Office
The Head Start Collaboration Office (HSSCO) exists to “facilitate collaboration among Head Start agencies and entities which carry out activities designed to benefit low income children from birth to school entry, and their families.”
The HSSCO provides a structure and a process for the Office of Head Start (OHS) to work with State agencies and local entities to leverage their common interests around young children and their families to formulate, implement and improve, state and local policy and practice.
The HSSCO promotes alignment of curricula used in Head Start programs and continuity of services with the Head Start Child Outcomes Framework and State Early Learning Standards and support transition to local education agencies.
The HSSCO works to promote better linkages between Head Start agencies and other child and family agencies, including agencies that provide health, mental health, family services or other child and family supportive services, such as services provided under section 619 or part C of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act.
- Classroom Assessment Scoring System™ (CLASS™) Observations Request for Applications
- 2013 Pre-K Annual Report
- 2014 Infant and Toddler Subsidy Rate Increase Overview
- Great Start DC Reports
- 2012 DC Child Care Market Rates and Capacity Utilization
- Professional Development Registry Fact Sheet
- Early Childhood Education Bulletins
- Citizen's Guide to DC Child Care and Development Fund Block Grant State Plan
- Eligibility Determination Policies Subsidized Child Care
- OSSE Subsidy Tier Reimbursement System