Early Education Services 

Welcome to ACSI Early Education Resources

Sara Jo Dillard

Sara Jo Dillard, MEd, leads ACSI's Early Education Resources department. The department works with ACSI's regional offices to strengthen EE programs and equip educators through consultations, services, and professional development trainings. Sara Jo has served early education programs in various roles for more than 25 years. 

ACSI offers early education services (birth through year five) that exist to strengthen early education programs and equip early educators as they prepare young children spiritually, socially, emotionally, physically and cognitively and influence young children to love and follow Jesus Christ. Check out ACSI's Early Education Foundation Statements to learn more about our vision and values.

ACSI offers memberships for EE–12 schoolsstand-alone EE programs, and individual educators (IACEE). 

Membership with ACSI includes access to early education classroom resources, professional development webinar trainingsconferences, and more. 

Upcoming Early Education Events
District Meeting–Nebraska
Sep 27, 2017 - Sep 27, 2017

Albuquerque Fall District Meeting
Sep 27, 2017 - Sep 27, 2017

2017 PD Forum Roseville CA
Sep 28, 2017 - Sep 29, 2017

Online Community Discussions
Math Placement Exam—High School

I am looking for a standardized high school math placement exam that I can give to our International applicants in their home country before they arrive in the US. We are trying to determine their math placement before they arrive at our school.
School Sentries

Our school board is discussing/exploring the possibility of having armed school sentries—school personnel who are armed, but not openly, and without the identity of the armed personnel openly known. There are some people who are very much in favor of this and others very much opposed.
Parallel Translation Bibles

I am looking for a better resource for Bibles to use with our international students. I like them to have a parallel translation or "bilingual" Bible so that they can study the Scriptures in English and in their native language.
Featured Publication

First Performances helps teachers assess Pre-K through Grade 3 students, provide targeted instruction, and monitor student progress toward standards.

Early Education Training Resource

The Early Education Director's Manual is a complete revised edition that has over 250 pages of practical insightful information on how to operate an effective early education center. It also includes a CD of customizable forms. 

Featured Resources
49.2 The Back-to-School Tree

You’ve made a fantastic, eternity-impacting decision by enrolling your kids in a Christian school. But how do you maximize your investment? I’ve invited Jay Ferguson, headmaster of Grace Community School (Tyler, Texas) to outline a few deliberate actions you can take to do so this school year. —Dan

49.1 Back to School—Round 2

The start of the school year is akin to New Year’s Day: it’s a new beginning, and you have no idea what the days ahead will bring. For that reason, it’s a great time to re-center on God. I’ve invited Jay Ferguson, headmaster of Grace Community School (Tyler, Texas), to address some ideas on keeping a godly perspective this year. —Dan

48.9 Essential Training Areas for Children 2

Christian schools are most effective when they partner with parents in discipling their children. In Christian School Comment 48.8, Dr. Larry Taylor shared the first part of his model for deliberately training children. I encourage you to read it if you haven’t, and to enjoy this second part. —Dan

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We offer you a faith-based approach to early education. Check out the Early Education benefits folder!

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Early Education Accreditation

High-quality programs seek accreditation in order to validate they are striving for excellence. We believe that this pursuit matches the biblical directive of approving "things that are excellent" (Philippians 1:10, KJV).

The "accredited" seal denotes a program that has met institutional standards of quality and made a commitment to strategic improvement and ongoing accountability. Visit our Accreditation page to learn more about accrediting your early education program.