Preschool And ECE

Improve implementation of Developmentally Appropriate Practices

Stephanie has identified practical research-based applications and practices based on developmentally appropriate practices that when implemented result in the establishment of an effective learning environment in which children are highly engaged and encouraged to explore, create, and learn.  Emphasis is on the value of focusing on developmentally appropriate routines, schedules, and management procedures with the goal of creating and sustaining an engaging, safe, positive atmosphere where children, staff, and families experience SUCCESS!

Guidance

Effectively guiding children's behavior is essential part of creating and maintaining classrooms and districts that facilitate learning. Implementation of Positive Behavior Interventions and Support (PBIS), Second Step Social Emotional Curriculum, Conscious Discipline, and the principles of guidance such as scheduling, morning routines, and principles of guidance into the daily routines in early childhood classroom.  I can provide professional development, classroom observations, and coaching focused on the effective implementation and monitoring of these activities.

Family Engagement

I have significant experience in community outreach for local early childhood education plan including but not limited to planning Kindergarten Transitions fairs, STEM family events, Monthly Partners in Print workshops. In addition I facilitated partnerships with families through home-school connections through newsletters, literacy libraries and literacy backpacks. View Feedback from Families. 

Grants

They are many community grants available to help early childhood classrooms enrich their classrooms and their experiential learning. I have worked to not only apply for grants but have been successful in the majority of the applications.

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Fall and spring DRDP results for 2014 - 2015 indicated:

 

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gain in students at building and
integrating in Self and Social Development.

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gain in students at building and
integrating in Language and Literacy.

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gain in students at building and
integrating in Mathematics.

As a director of an Early Childhood Education program I applied and was awarded several grants from various local state and federal funding sources. 

 

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Parents satisfied or very satisfied
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(59% of parents completed surveys)

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of parents responded that they felt their child was happy in the program

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of parents responded that they felt their child was safe in the program

Testimonials

ECE program testimonial

Brenda Smith

Retired, Assistant Superintendent of Educational Services

"Stephanie Lester is a true visionary in Early Childhood Education (ECE)!  Her leadership and expertise for ECE programs is outstanding.  She brings quality and expertise  to  program development which consistently leads to success for young learners. Her support to ECE programs  increases the quality of the environment and instruction, which in turn is reflected  in increased student achievement!

Testimonial for Education consulting

Susan Hyder

Educational Specialist

"Stephanie Lester is passionate about science, early childhood education,  and empowering educators. While our director, she built quality and consistency into our early childhood education program by focusing on developmentally appropriate practice and research-based strategies.  Her leadership skills and experience in teaching and mentoring both children and adults enable her to provide highly motivating training that gives participants research based, hands-on activities that motivate our youngest learners.  She never disappoints to entertain, engage, and enlighten early childhood educators!"

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