Early Childhood

Early Learning & School Readiness

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The Early Learning and School Readiness Team provides services to school districts, Head Starts, County Boards of DD, parents, Help Me Grow and other agencies and programs that serve children ages birth through eight, both regular and special education. Services are designed to support successful involvement of high quality practices with local, state, and federal mandates and initiatives. Services include technical assistance, regional, program-wide and job embedded professional development and consultation.

State Assessment

Early Childhood Entitlement Grant

Early Learning and Development Standards

Curriculum and Assessment

Continuous Improvement Efforts
Third Grade Reading Guarantee
  • Supporting early learning programs (preschool-3rd grade) with high quality practices for all learners
Itinerant Network
  • Supports itinerant teachers with implementation of the Consultative Model and provides networking among the region and state to support quality practices
Special Education Compliance
  • Implementation of Ohio’s Operating Standards for Children with Disabilities
  • IEP and ETR trainings and technical assistance
  • Training and technical assistance to support successful inclusive practices in early childhood settings
  • Technical Assistance on SPP Indicators 6 (Preschool LRE), 7 (Preschool Child Outcomes), and 12 (Early Childhood Transition)
Positive Behavior Interventions and Support (PBIS)
  • Trauma Informed Care

Ohio Approved PD Offerings

Click here to learn more about Ohio Approved early learning PD opportunities in Region 8, including PD On-Demand.

For more information, please contact

Michelle Smith
Smith, Michelle
Educational Consultant
Office: 330-929-6634 x 511286
Stacey Smith
Smith, Stacey
Educational Consultant
Office: 330-929-6634 x 511401
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