Early Learning Update January 25, 2021

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Dear Early Childhood Administrators,

The following message includes the 2021 Federal Poverty Guidelines and Early Learning Assessment updates.  Please share this information with other educators and staff in your programs.  If you have questions, please email ELSR@education.ohio.gov.

2021 Federal Poverty Guidelines Now Posted

The 2021 Federal Poverty Guidelines are now posted. Early Childhood Education Grant administrators should use these new guidelines for any child that enrolls in their program after February 1, 2021.


Early Learning Assessment (ELA) Virtual Initial Training Dates

Registration for the Early Learning Assessment (ELA) Virtual Initial Training is now open through the Ohio professional Registry (OPR) at  www.registry.occrra.org. This 100% virtual training is for new users of the Early Learning Assessment.  If a teacher has previously completed an in-person or hybrid ELA training, he or she does not need to complete the new training.  The ELA 2021 Training Schedule lists dates, times, and ST numbers needed to register.  A  Ready for Kindergarten (KReady) Online account is required to participate in this training.  Contact your program data manager or administrator for information about how to set up your account prior to registering for this training.

Early Learning Assessment (ELA) Technology Mini Training Schedule

Registration for the Early Learning Assessment (ELA) Technology Mini Training is now open through the Ohio professional Registry (OPR) at www.registry.occrra.org. This 100% virtual training is for individuals who have completed the 9-hour Early Learning Assessment (ELA) training.  If a teacher has previously completed an in-person or hybrid ELA training, he or she does not need to complete the new training. The ELA 2021 Technology Mini Training Schedule lists dates, times, and ST numbers needed to register.  A KReady account is required to participate in this training.  Contact your program data manager or administrator for information about how to set up your account prior to registering for this training.

Fall ELA Score Reporting 

Programs serving children funded by Early Childhood Education (ECE) or Preschool Special Education (PSE) are required to complete the ELA and report scores for fall and spring administration windows. For the 2020-21 school year only, the minimum requirement is to report on the same 10 Learning Progressions for funded children, but the scores will represent one item in each progression only. Please see this guidance document on requirements.

Please use the Learning Progression Score Report generated from the Ready for Kindergarten Online (KReady) System, or the Early Learning Assessment for Bridge Form 2020-21 when reporting scores in EMIS or EAS.

If you have any questions about the Early Learning Assessment, please contact us at ELAHelp@education.ohio.govor reach out to Ohio K12 Help for technical questions at 1-844-512-6446.