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Wyoming Pubic Media interviewed Wyoming Kids First’s Becca Steinhoff for this article on the pay gap between early childhood professionals and kindergarten teachers. Wyoming is one of 13 states where preschool teachers earn, on average, less than half of the $56,000 annual salary earned by kindergarten teachers. Check it out!
This year’s Business Forum featured a session on school readiness and how investing in early childhood today results in the greatest return on our investment tomorrow. Skip Oppenheimer, a businessman and early childhood advocate, spoke about the importance of investing in early childhood in a session titled, “School Readiness … ROI for Tomorrow” which was co-moderated by respected businessmen and featured a panel of business representatives, a legislator, and Jan Lawrence from Basic Beginnings in Laramie!
“Wyoming Kids First to host training”
The Sheridan Press ran an article about a community meeting in Sheridan hosted by Wyoming Kids First that brought local stakeholders together to discuss their early childhood system. The article quotes Executive Director, Becca Steinhoff, speaking about the importance of early childhood. The event was part of Sheridan County School District 2’s Next Level program which aims to improve kindergarten readiness.
The Sheridan Press, October 7, 2015
“Wyoming Weighs Value Of Early Childhood Education”
Check out what various early childhood stakeholders and leaders have to say in this article about the current state of early childhood in Wyoming. This article looks at how investing in early childhood could improve later student performance. Many of the current challenges are discussed.
Wyoming Public Media, 9/26/14
“Sheridan Conference Puts Focus On Early Education”
About 100 people attended an early childhood conference in Sheridan to discuss the future of early childhood education in the state. The group heard presentations about the latest science on early brain development and looked at studies showing that spending on early education has more impact on learning outcomes than spending later in life.
Wyoming Public Media, 9/22/14
“State offers early childhood grants”
Wyoming Kids First’s Executive Director, Becca Steinhoff, talks about the Early Childhood Community Partnership Grant. Diana Webb, Executive Director of Apple Tree Learning Center, talks about how this grant is a great opportunity for Natrona County’s conversation and work on early childhood.
Casper Star-Tribune, 8/29/14
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WYECA’s 2016 Early Childhood Cowboy Conference
August 4-6 in Riverton
Over 50 unique presentations will be offered during this three day conference. Keynote speakers will include Jillian Balow, Superintendent of Public Instruction Wyoming Department of Education; Dr. Steve Corsi, Director of the Wyoming Department of Family Services; and featured speaker Tiernan McIlwaine. All workshops are STARS approved and PTSB credit will be available. You must register here before July 17.