Educa Case Study

BLOOM USES EDUCA TO FEATURE ITS UNIQUE CURRICULUM

“When we are showing parents through, we always show them Educa, it gives them an insight into what we are all about,” says Miriam.

“Sometimes Educa is the deciding factor for families who are thinking about coming to Bloom.”

What Bloom Was Looking For

Bloom Early Education is an accredited early learning service based in Edmonds, Washington. Bloom’s owner, Miriam Dressler, is working to provide the highest quality childcare possible. That includes special curriculum that focuses on child self-regulation and school readiness. And with an emphasis on parent participation and collaboration.

Bloom has developed their own special curriculum, a combination of play based and emergent curriculums, designed to encourage self-regulation and set children up for elementary school success.

“We were looking for an ePortfolio that would make our program stand out and nothing on the market met our needs,” says Miriam.

“I’ve used tools like Teaching Strategies Gold in the past and I didn’t want to go down that road again. Parents didn’t engage with it, and we didn’t want to be forced to use a curriculum that wasn’t ours.” 

When the team at Bloom saw how easy it was to add their own curriculum to Educa, and that it had teacher portfolios too, they decided to try the online platform.

“The interface is easy to navigate. I’m not a savvy computer person so I knew if I could find my way around, it would work for most people,” says Miriam.

These features jumped out for her:

  1. Ease of adding any curriculum.
  2. A communication tool that “helps their service stand out.”
  3. Two-way connection – not just push, parents post also.
  4. Teacher portfolios, where teachers record their growth.

Bloom had used Teaching Strategies Gold in the past, but “parents didn’t engage with it, and we didn’t want to be forced to use a curriculum that wasn’t ours.”

Educa provided that opportunity. Miriam said “The interface is easy to navigate. I’m not a savvy computer person. So I knew if I could find my way around, it would work for most people.”

“Teachers actually like to use it, they don’t roll their eyes at it. As the owner of Bloom, I’m not the primary user. I needed my staff to feel like this was something easy and fun for them to use.” says Miriam.

How Educa Has Helped

One primary benefit has been that the collaboration with parents has intensified. Educa has been used to share challenging behaviors and help resources, providing a basis for honest discussions with parents. “..making it easier to reinforce learning at home has been valuable to the families and the children.”

“Teachers are taking more care because they are now linking to developmental milestones in Educa, and they know families will read them. It’s not just ‘oh, we had fun today,’ we’re really talking about developmental achievements and challenges.”

“Many of our students have family in other countries, so this is a wonderful way to keep in touch.”

“The teacher portfolio feature in Educa is an amazing development tool for staff, it is one of our favorite features,” says Miriam.

Bloom runs professional development classes for teachers that revolve around helping teachers to build a portfolio using Educa as a professional development tool.

It is a different concept, but it isn’t a new one. Research has proven many times over that family involvement leads to positive educational outcomes.

 “Educa was a natural choice for us as it is far more interactive for families. I like that parents can log in and invite their extended family to join their child’s profile, parents can upload things and contribute to the child’s portfolio which is a unique feature. Many of our students have family in other countries, so this is a wonderful way to keep in touch.”

The team at Bloom Early Education hosts development workshops for parents three times a year.

Supporting Learning At Home

“One of the children had some challenging behaviors. We were able share a video with the parents using Educa to demonstrate what was happening, and we were also able to share tools and resources with them using Educa too so that they could handle it at home in the same way we handle it at school,” says Miriam.

““The teacher was able to communicate with parents in person, and then have all of that documentation recorded in Educa so the parents could access it easily.”

Being able to give families easy access to this type of support and making it easier for them to reinforce learning at home has been valuable to the families and the children.

“Our goal is to set children up from elementary school success – we want to make sure their social and emotional development is in place, as well as building emergent literacy and numeracy skills so that when they get into school they have a strong foundation.”

Educa, The Selling Point

“When we are showing parents through, we always show them Educa, it gives them an insight into what we are all about,” says Miriam.

“Sometimes Educa is the deciding factor for families who are thinking about come to Bloom.”

Visit the Bloom website to learn more about their training options and access their free resources such as this handy PDF: A family’s guide to quality Childcare.

Thanks to the team at Bloom Early Education for sharing their story with us.

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