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By RICHARD F. BELISLE | richardb@herald-mail.com | August 10, 2011
"Building Blocks of Success," a half-day conference held Wednesday, focused on early childhood educational experiences at home, in day care and pre-school that lead to success or failure in school. About 100 people - education, community, business and political leaders among them - attended the morning conference at the Holiday Inn in Martinsburg. Featured speakers were Oleta Fitzgerald, southern regional director of the Children's Defense Fund, and Diane Ansari, director of Regional Education Service Agency 8 Head Start, Pre-K and Early Head Start.
NEWS
May 22, 2010
Hagerstown Community College and the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) are offering a unique funding opportunity for child care providers to earn an associate degree (AAS or AAT) in early childhood education. HCC is accepting approved applicants for the Childcare Career and Professional Development Fund, which offers scholarship opportunities for people working in child care. Approved candidates must possess the motivation and skills that will assist them in successfully completing their degree while employed in child care and will continue on to work in family- or center-based early education programs, full or part time, upon completion of their degree.
NEWS
BY DAVE McMILLION | April 30, 2002
charlestown@herald-mail.com SHEPHERDSTOWN, W.Va. - Some school officials fear they will not have enough space for an early childhood education program mandated by the state, but a local lawmaker feels it is needed. The early childhood education program is important because there are so many single-parent households, which means parents have less time to devote to childhood education, said Del. John Doyle, D-Jefferson. "When we were the nation of Ozzie and Harriet, we didn't need to do it before that," Doyle said at a town meeting Monday night on the campus of Shepherd College.
NEWS
By JULIE E. GREENE | julieg@herald-mail.com | July 28, 2011
Washington County Public Schools no longer will use a building on Hagerstown Community College's campus for an early childhood center, a school official said Thursday. The approximately 150 children who would have attended morning or afternoon prekindergarten or special education prekindergarten on HCC's campus will attend prekindergarten at Funkstown School for Early Childhood Education or Ruth Ann Monroe Primary School, Elementary Education Director Jill Burkhart said. Deputy Schools Superintendent Boyd Michael said HCC officials expressed interest in the building space, and the school system has the space to move those prekindergartners back to regular school buildings.
NEWS
December 19, 2002
With Pennsylvania lawmakers scrambling to deal with a major revenue shortfall, it's unlikely that Gov.-elect Ed Rendell's ambitious early-childhood education program will make much headway in 2003. But a little extra time spent crafting this program might make a big difference in how well it works. Rendell's program would cost $100 million and would provide preschool programs for 3- and 4-year-olds, with admissions priority going to children from low-income families. Kindergarten would be made available to all 5-year-olds and all-day kindergarten would be offered in those school districts where it would be most likely to improve children's performance in first grade.
BUSINESS
January 8, 2012
The Council for Professional Recognition in Washington, D.C., awards credentials to early childhood educators who demonstrate the ability to constructively work with young children in group settings. The Child Development Associate is a national recognized credential for excellence in early childhood education. Each CDA candidate is observed and assessed on his or her ability to develop the physical, emotional and intellectual capabilities of young children.
EDUCATION
June 27, 2011
Hilary Leas, daughter of Doug and Terri Leas of Smithsburg, received the Penelope Jarman Memorial Scholarship at the 2011 Honors Convocation at Salisbury University. The scholarship is given in memory of Penelope Jarman for her interest and love of early childhood education to an elementary major seeking early childhood certification, and who has demonstrated commitment to working with young children through scholarship and involvement in related activities. Leas is a senior majoring in early childhood and elementary education.
NEWS
September 19, 2010
FROSTBURG, Md. - At the 136th commencement ceremonies at Frostburg State University in May, the following area residents were among the nearly 600 total candidates for degrees: Stephen Alemar of Shepherdstown, mass communication Derek Artz of Williamsport, business administration Stephani Baker of Frederick, Md., information technology Calli Bassett of Clear Spring, early childhood/elementary education Dana Beaver of Hancock,...
NEWS
August 15, 2005
Area schools win behavioral intervention awards Four Washington County Public Schools were recognized July 21 at the annual Maryland Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports Summer Institute in Ellicott City, Md. Pangborn Elementary School, Winter Street Elementary School, Springfield Middle School and Boonsboro Middle School received Exemplar PBIS awards. Thirteen county schools have received PBIS training, which involves direction on defining behavioral expectations, teaching those expectations to students, implementing consistent systems for rewarding appropriate behavior and using data to help develop interventions as needed.
EDUCATION
April 15, 2012
Marshall Hoffmaster and Allison Staubs were named students of the month for April at Washington County Technical High School. Marshall is a junior in biomedical sciences at Tech High. Outside of class, Marshall enjoys reading, playing sports, hanging out with friends and family. and researching topics outside of class.  Marshall's home school is Williamsport High School. Marshall is a member of the French Honors Society at his home school and is on the “It's Academic/Quiz Bowl” Team at Tech High.  Along with biomedical sciences, Marshall is enrolled in honors physics, advanced-placement literature, honors world history and honors precalculus.  Marshall holds a 3.97 grade-point average.
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NEWS
By ROXANN MILLER | roxann.miller@herald-mail.com | June 19, 2013
The Chambersburg Area School Board rescinded its offer to appoint a former assistant superintendent into another leadership position at the same salary and benefits. By a 6-3 vote Wednesday night, the school board voted to amend a move on March 13 that in effect removed Cathy Dusman from her job as assistant superintendent and made her director of early childhood education. Voting for the change were Phillip Miracle, Stanley Helman, Kim Amsley-Camp, Fred Rice, Joe Tosten and Norman Blowers.
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EDUCATION
April 15, 2012
Marshall Hoffmaster and Allison Staubs were named students of the month for April at Washington County Technical High School. Marshall is a junior in biomedical sciences at Tech High. Outside of class, Marshall enjoys reading, playing sports, hanging out with friends and family. and researching topics outside of class.  Marshall's home school is Williamsport High School. Marshall is a member of the French Honors Society at his home school and is on the “It's Academic/Quiz Bowl” Team at Tech High.  Along with biomedical sciences, Marshall is enrolled in honors physics, advanced-placement literature, honors world history and honors precalculus.  Marshall holds a 3.97 grade-point average.
BUSINESS
January 8, 2012
The Council for Professional Recognition in Washington, D.C., awards credentials to early childhood educators who demonstrate the ability to constructively work with young children in group settings. The Child Development Associate is a national recognized credential for excellence in early childhood education. Each CDA candidate is observed and assessed on his or her ability to develop the physical, emotional and intellectual capabilities of young children.
OPINION
By GERRIT WESTERVELT | December 26, 2011
Democrats and Republicans don't agree on much these days. But there is one thing on which they do see eye to eye: the value of early childhood education.  Once an afterthought of America's education system, early learning now is front and center as educators, governors and legislators grapple with ways to better prepare children for a lifetime of success.  The Obama administration just announced that nine states - California, Delaware, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, North Carolina, Ohio, Rhode Island and Washington - will receive grants under the federal Race to the Top-Early Learning Challenge, a $500 million project intended to jumpstart programs that educate our youngest learners.
LIFESTYLE
September 26, 2011
The 10th annual Early Childhood Professional Day will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 1, at Hagerstown Hotel and Convention Center, formerly Four Points Sheraton, 1910 Dual Highway, Hagerstown. Author, artist and early childhood educator Walter Drew will be the featured speaker. The event is open to professionals in family child care programs, child care centers, Head Start and public preschools.   There will be vendor tables, and achievements of the past year will be recognized.
NEWS
By RICHARD F. BELISLE | richardb@herald-mail.com | August 10, 2011
"Building Blocks of Success," a half-day conference held Wednesday, focused on early childhood educational experiences at home, in day care and pre-school that lead to success or failure in school. About 100 people - education, community, business and political leaders among them - attended the morning conference at the Holiday Inn in Martinsburg. Featured speakers were Oleta Fitzgerald, southern regional director of the Children's Defense Fund, and Diane Ansari, director of Regional Education Service Agency 8 Head Start, Pre-K and Early Head Start.
NEWS
By JULIE E. GREENE | julieg@herald-mail.com | July 28, 2011
Washington County Public Schools no longer will use a building on Hagerstown Community College's campus for an early childhood center, a school official said Thursday. The approximately 150 children who would have attended morning or afternoon prekindergarten or special education prekindergarten on HCC's campus will attend prekindergarten at Funkstown School for Early Childhood Education or Ruth Ann Monroe Primary School, Elementary Education Director Jill Burkhart said. Deputy Schools Superintendent Boyd Michael said HCC officials expressed interest in the building space, and the school system has the space to move those prekindergartners back to regular school buildings.
EDUCATION
June 27, 2011
Hilary Leas, daughter of Doug and Terri Leas of Smithsburg, received the Penelope Jarman Memorial Scholarship at the 2011 Honors Convocation at Salisbury University. The scholarship is given in memory of Penelope Jarman for her interest and love of early childhood education to an elementary major seeking early childhood certification, and who has demonstrated commitment to working with young children through scholarship and involvement in related activities. Leas is a senior majoring in early childhood and elementary education.
EDUCATION
June 23, 2011
The following local students were named to the dean’s list for the spring semester at Elizabethtown College:  Emily Blair of Waynesboro, Pa., a senior psychology major  Susana Brown of Hagerstown, a senior elementary education/early childhood major  Megan Casey of Kearneysville, W.Va., a senior English/literature major  Sarah Davenport of Mercersburg, Pa., a sophomore biology major  Jacob Dovey of Mercersburg, a...
NEWS
September 19, 2010
FROSTBURG, Md. - At the 136th commencement ceremonies at Frostburg State University in May, the following area residents were among the nearly 600 total candidates for degrees: Stephen Alemar of Shepherdstown, mass communication Derek Artz of Williamsport, business administration Stephani Baker of Frederick, Md., information technology Calli Bassett of Clear Spring, early childhood/elementary education Dana Beaver of Hancock,...
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