Nancy Herota, Director
Natalie Woods Andrews, Ed.D., Director
Lorraine Weatherspoon, Regional Lead
Erika Franzon, Project Specialist
The California Preschool Instructional Network (CPIN) provides high quality professional development for preschool administrators and teachers that highlights current research-based information, resources, and effective instructional practices which are focused on preparing children to flourish in early childhood and succeed in elementary school and beyond. CPIN is funded by the Early Education and Support Division (EESD) of the California Department of Education and is organized in eleven regions as designated by the California County Superintendents Educational Services Association. Sacramento County Office of Education serves as the Local Education Agency (LEA) for CPIN. Each region maintains one or more regional CPIN networks, provides professional development and on-site technical assistance and support for administrators and teachers, establishes communication among schools and programs, and focuses on initiatives and documents developed by EESD.
California Preschool Instructional Network, Capital Service Region
Within the ten-county Capital Service Region of Northern California, CPIN regional network meetings for preschool administrators and teacher professional development are provided by SCOE staff specializing in early childhood and special education, and multiple language learners. CPIN Leads also provide training and technical assistance to early childhood education staff. Direct preschool program support is designed to enhance the quality of preschool programs and includes: teacher professional development, training and technical assistance, classroom observation, and on-site support.
CPIN will identify and prioritize programs for support based on criteria set forth by the CDE Early Education and Support Division, in collaboration with the Field Service Office. Priority criteria include:
- CDD or SED-funded preschool programs
- Publicly-funded preschool programs (Head Start, First 5, etc.) located within the boundaries of a local elementary school having a low Academic Performance Index (API) score or in Program Improvement (PI) status
- Other publicly funded preschools
- Self-referred programs
CDE publications and resources will be utilized to guide CPIN professional development, technical assistance, and on-site preschool program support. CDE initiatives and the system of tools include the California Preschool Learning Foundations Volumes 1, 2 and 3, Curriculum Framework Volumes 1, 2 and 3, Preschool English Learners Resource Guide (PEL), and other CDE approved resources.
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