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Tue, Feb 18



2025 Early Learning Institute

2025 Early Learning Institute
2025 Early Learning Institute

Time & Location

Feb 18, 2025, 4:30 PM – Mar 13, 2025, 7:30 PM



About the Event

4 credits (that's 60 hours) 20 CUs in CCSD, and salary advancement in Clark, Washoe and most NV school Districts and counties.

(Week 1) 4:30 PM - 7:30 PM on the following dates:

Tuesday, February 18

Wednesday, February 19

Thursday, February 20

(Week 2) 4:30 PM - 7:30 PM on the following dates:

Monday, February 24

Tuesday, February 25

Wednesday, February 26

Thursday, February 27

8:00 AM - 4:00 PM with a 30-minute lunch break

Saturday, March 1

(Week 3) 4:30 PM - 7:30 PM on the following dates:

Monday, March 3

Tuesday, March 4

Wednesday, March 5

Thursday, March 6

8:00 AM - 4:00 PM with a 30-minute lunch break

Saturday, March 8

(Week 4) 4:30 PM - 7:30 PM on the following dates:

Monday, March 10

Tuesday, March 11

Wednesday, March 12

Thursday March 13

Due to Washoe County School District (WCSD) salary advancement requirements, WCSD participants will be asked to submit a brief written summation of how this professional learning event will transfer learning into practice before a certificate is issued. WCSD participants: please use the link provided on the Guidance/Link sheet for each event to submit. Lastly, when completing events that are (1) or more credits, please submit your tracker to the PGS Department in Washoe and to

Why Early Learning Education (ELE), (birth to eight years of age) is critical for all Pre-K – 12 Teachers to know and understand along with their teaching subject matter.

Early Learning Education (ELE), which encompasses the period from birth to eight years old, holds significant importance for all grades Pre-K-12 and beyond. Let’s review the issues:

Foundation for Lifelong Learning:

  • ELE provides the foundation for a child’s lifelong learning journey. Understanding early childhood development helps all teachers recognize the building blocks that students bring with them to each grade level.
  • From the age of birth to 21 years of age, ELE allows teachers to appreciate the continuum of learning and address any gaps or challenges that may arise due to incomplete early education.

Brain Development and Learning Readiness:

  • The early years are critical for brain development. Research in neuroscience shows that a child’s experiences during this period shape brain architecture.
  • High school and middle school teachers who understand ELE can tailor their teaching methods to align with students’ cognitive development. This knowledge helps create effective learning environments.

Equity and Social Justice:

  • ELE promotes equity by ensuring that all children, regardless of socio-economic background, have access to quality education from an early age.
  • High school and middle school teachers who recognize the impact of ELE can advocate for inclusive practices, support diverse learners, and reduce educational disparities.

Economic and Community Benefits:

  • Investing in ELE yields long-term benefits. High-quality early learning experiences lead to increased graduation rates and improved economic well-being for all communities.
  • For all teachers, from birth to 21 years of age, understanding ELE contributes to the overall success of school districts and higher education systems and the future workforce.

Holistic Development:

  • ELE focuses not only on academic skills but also on students’ social, emotional, behavioral, and physical development.
  • For all students from birth to 21 years of age, teachers who have knowledge and appreciate ELE can foster a holistic approach to education, recognizing that students’ well-being and character development matter alongside subject-specific knowledge.

In summary, ELE matters for all grade-levels and subject matter teachers, for children birth to 21 years of age and beyond because it informs teaching practices, supports student readiness, and contributes to a more equitable and effective educational system123. While all teachers may not directly teach young children, understanding ELE enhances their ability to meet the diverse needs of all their current students regardless of their ages and grades and create a positive and successful impact on their educational journey. For all teachers to understand ELE, this can later provide the tools and skills for all students to successfully navigate their adult life well into their ages of 50’s, 60’s, 70’s and beyond.


  • NASA Members

    +$5.00 service fee
  • Non-NASA Members

    +$6.25 service fee



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