QRIS for School-Age and Youth Development, Too!
The BUILD Initiative and the QRIS National Learning Network hosted the 17th webinar in our "Let's Talk" series, QRIS for School-Age and Youth Development, Too!:
QRIS is being seen as the framework for development of high quality early childhood and school-age programs. However, states and territories may choose to delay including school-age providers in QRIS, while focusing on birth to five providers. BUILD, along with three national discussants (Darlene Hamilton, Susan O’Connor, Susan Rohrbough) and three state panelists (Bridget Cullen, Char Goodreau, Leslie Roesler), explored how to plan for and support school-age and out of school time programs in QRIS.
Bridget Cullen is a Program and Policy Analyst for YoungStar from the Wisconsin Department of Children and Families, Bureau of Early Care and Policy. Bridget has more than 35 years of experience in family and youth development with emphasis in early care and education through school age. She has served as a Child Care Wellness Coordinator with Wisconsin Department of Health Services, as Executive Director of the Child Care Resource and Referral, adjunct lecturer with the University of Wisconsin – Oshkosh, Northeast Technical College and Fox Valley Technical College. Bridget has administered large early childhood and school-age programs for various non-profit agencies located in the Midwest. Bridget is a graduate of Oklahoma State University with a Master’s in Education and Concordia University – Nebraska with a Bachelor’s in Education.
Char Goodreau is the QRIS Administrator at the Washington State Department of Early Learning. She previously served as the Professional Development Manager at the Department of Early Learning and as the Early Education Director at the Seattle Children’s Museum.
Leslie Roesler is currently the Associate Director of the Pennsylvania Key (PA Key). The role of the PA Key is to work with the Office of Child Development and Early Learning to provide statewide leadership in the development of an integrated and coordinated system of program quality improvements and professional development supports for early childhood education and school-age programs. Leslie oversees the program assessment, professional development and technical assistance initiatives to support early learning and school-age programs participating in Keystone STARS, Pennsylvania’s Quality Rating and Improvement System (QRIS). She is always looking for ways to bridge connections between regulated and unregulated afterschool initiatives to ensure quality afterschool opportunities for all youth. She holds a Master’s degree in Human Services Administration and an undergraduate degree in Human Development, both from Drexel University.
Presentation Recording: http://cc.readytalk.com/play?id=53a15c