Early Years Member States

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Learn about WIDA Early Years events and resources available in your state

Is your state a WIDA Early Years member state? Browse the list of our member states below and contact your state representatives for details about available WIDA Early Years events and resources for early care and education professionals.

Attend the spring webinar series for early care and education professionals in WIDA Early Years member states. See below for details.

Member States


Alabama Department of Early Childhood Education

Jean Allen
(334) 224-3171 

Member since 2020 


Connecticut Office of Early Childhood  

Michelle Levy
(860) 500-4536

Member since 2019 


The Center: Early Childhood Professional Learning

Tammy King
(224) 366-8525

Member since 2019


Maryland Department of Education, Division of Early Childhood

Rachel Demma
(410) 767-0339

Member since 2019


Michigan Department of Education, Office of Great Start​

Shanon Everett
(517) 335-4092

Member since 2019

New Mexico

New Mexico Department of Public Education, Early Childhood

Brenda Kofahl
(505) 827-6627

Member since 2019


Wisconsin Department of Children and Families

Erin Gernetzke 
(608) 422-6009

Member since 2020

Spring Webinar Series for Member States

Early care and education (ECE) professionals from WIDA Early Years member states are invited to join live webinars facilitated by members of the Early Years team. All times listed are Central Time. Webinars are offered in April and repeated in May. Click the registration link to sign up for individual webinars. Once you register, you will receive an email message with the webinar link.

Are We Ready?: What Educators Can Do to Support Young Multilingual Children

This webinar approaches the topic of school readiness through an asset-based, equity lens and invites participants to reflect on their readiness to ensure multilingual children and their families experience a smooth transition from early care and education environments to K-12 systems. Participants will be introduced to WIDA Early Years resources focused on transitions to Kindergarten.
Presenter: Stevie Alverson

Monday, April 5, 2021, 10-11am CT

Monday, May 3, 2021, 10-11am CT

WIDA Early Years Parent Research: Helping States Support Multilingual Families

This webinar highlights research with families of young multilingual children conducted by WIDA researchers across three states. The research explored the perceptions, experiences, and decision-making of parents of young multilingual children, ages 0-5 years, with regard to children’s language learning and development, family engagement practices, and children’s participation in ECE programs. Participants will gain awareness of the research findings and implications to practice, as well as have opportunities to reflect on their own local family engagement practice.
Presenter: Amanda Spalter

Monday, April 5, 2021, 2-3pm CT

Monday, May 3, 2021, 2-3pm CT

Leading for Change: Providing Equitable Opportunities for Multilingual Children to Language and Learn

This webinar explores the role of self-reflection and professional learning around language, learning and culture in shaping our leadership practices. Participants will be introduced to key concepts and considerations around providing equitable opportunities for multilingual children and have opportunities to consider ways to apply their learning in their local setting.
Presenter: Tricia Blanco

Wednesday, April 7, 2021, 10-11am CT

Wednesday, May 5, 2021, 10-11am CT

Affirming Multilingual Children's Linguistic Identity

This webinar explores the topic of identity and the importance of affirming multilingual children’s linguistic identities. The presenter will discuss mindsets, beliefs, and practices necessary for creating early care and education environments that value and affirm the rich linguistic resources your multilingual children possess.
Presenter: Maya Martinez-Hart

Wednesday, April 7, 2021, 2-3pm CT

Wednesday, May 5, 2021 ,2-3pm CT