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1 1 Foundations Level I: An Introduction to North Carolina’s Early Learning Standards

2 2 Workshop participants will… Hear an overview of Foundations Hear an overview of Foundations Discover how early learning standards are uncovered in early childhood settings Discover how early learning standards are uncovered in early childhood settings Explore ways to incorporate Foundations into the planning process Explore ways to incorporate Foundations into the planning process Learn how Foundations supports developmentally appropriate practices Learn how Foundations supports developmentally appropriate practices

3 3 Early Learning Standards are… “Statements that describe expectations for the learning and development of young children across the domains….” Council of Chief State School Officers

4 4 NC Standards Development Process included… Convening task force Convening task force Review of research, literature, position statements, and other state standards Review of research, literature, position statements, and other state standards Review of North Carolina documents Review of North Carolina documents Consensus building Consensus building Review by practitioners, state & national experts Review by practitioners, state & national experts Wide endorsement Wide endorsement

5 5 NC Standards Align With… Creative Curriculum Creative Curriculum Head Start Child Outcomes Framework Head Start Child Outcomes Framework High Scope Key Experiences High Scope Key Experiences Kindergarten Standard Course of Study Kindergarten Standard Course of Study NC Infant and Toddler Standards NC Infant and Toddler Standards

6 6 NC Standards were developed to… Define a common set of expectations Define a common set of expectations Promote shared responsibility Promote shared responsibility Facilitate communication with families Facilitate communication with families Guide instructional planning Guide instructional planning

7 7 Foundations = Guide Book

8 8 Curriculum = Map

9 9 IEPS, Goals, Objectives, Plans = Street Map & Specific Directions

10 10 The journey is children’s development… Use Foundations as a travel guide to help you know where you and your children are going, what you might see, and what you might do; Use Foundations as a travel guide to help you know where you and your children are going, what you might see, and what you might do; Use your curriculum as the road map to help you know how to get there; Use your curriculum as the road map to help you know how to get there; Use your IEP and other goals to ensure that each and every child reaches their destination! Use your IEP and other goals to ensure that each and every child reaches their destination!

11 11 NC Early Learning Standards SHOULD be used to… Promote development of whole child Promote development of whole child Provide core set of expectations, while recognizing individual differences Provide core set of expectations, while recognizing individual differences Emphasize importance of play Emphasize importance of play Support safe, caring learning environments Support safe, caring learning environments Encourage and value family involvement Encourage and value family involvement Support appropriate teaching practices Support appropriate teaching practices Promote shared responsibility for children’s care and education Promote shared responsibility for children’s care and education

12 12 NC Early Learning Standards SHOULD NOT be used to… Stand in isolation from what we know about children Stand in isolation from what we know about children Serve as an assessment checklist or evaluation Serve as an assessment checklist or evaluation Limit experiences or exclude children Limit experiences or exclude children Set up conflicting expectations & requirements Set up conflicting expectations & requirements Single out or blame anyone Single out or blame anyone Decide any child has “failed” in any way Decide any child has “failed” in any way Emphasize child outcomes above program requirements Emphasize child outcomes above program requirements

13 13 NC Early Learning Standards were developed primarily for… Early Childhood Classrooms Early Childhood Classrooms Title I Title I Exceptional Children Exceptional Children Even Start Even Start Head Start Head Start More at Four More at Four Developmental Day Developmental Day Smart Start Smart Start Local Preschool Programs Local Preschool Programs Private Child Care Private Child Care

14 14 Early Learning Standards will also be useful to… Families Families Administrators Administrators Child Care Resource & Referral Child Care Resource & Referral College, University, and Community College Faculty & Students College, University, and Community College Faculty & Students Licensing Consultants Licensing Consultants Kindergarten Teachers Kindergarten Teachers Local Community Members Local Community Members

15 15 Guiding Principles Each child is unique Each child is unique Development occurs in predictable patterns with variability in Development occurs in predictable patterns with variability in “how” and “when” Many factors influence a child’s development Many factors influence a child’s development

16 16 Guiding Principles Preschool-age children are active learners Children with disabilities learn best in inclusive settings Diversity in language and cultures is a valuable asset It takes everyone working together

17 17 Foundations is organized by… Approaches to Learning Cognitive Development Language Development & Communication Health & Physical Development Emotional & Social Development

18 18 Each domain includes… Description & Importance Vignette Subdomains Widely Held Expectations Strategies Early Educators & Families

19 19 Approaches to Learning Pondering, Processing, and Applying Experiences Pondering, Processing, and Applying Experiences Curiosity, Information Seeking, and Eagerness Curiosity, Information Seeking, and Eagerness Risk Taking, Problem Solving, and Flexibility Risk Taking, Problem Solving, and Flexibility Persistence, Attentiveness, and Responsibility Persistence, Attentiveness, and Responsibility Imagination, Creativity, & Invention Imagination, Creativity, & Invention Aesthetic Sensibility Aesthetic Sensibility

20 20 Emotional and Social Development Developing a Sense of Self Developing a Sense of Self Developing a Sense of Self with Others Developing a Sense of Self with Others

21 21 Health and Physical Development Self Care Self Care Safety Awareness Safety Awareness Motor Skills Motor Skills Physical Health Physical Health and Growth

22 22 Language Development and Communication Receptive Language Receptive Language Expressive Language Expressive Language Foundations for Reading Foundations for Reading Foundations for Writing Foundations for Writing

23 23 Cognitive Development Mathematical Thinking & Expression Mathematical Thinking & Expression Scientific Thinking & Invention Scientific Thinking & Invention Social Connections Social Connections Creative Expression Creative Expression

24 24 Applications in the Real World…

25 25 Planning For Quality

26 26 Early Educators might use Foundations to… Create posters that explain goals being addressed in learning centers through play Create posters that explain goals being addressed in learning centers through play Identify strategies for use in meeting IEP goals Identify strategies for use in meeting IEP goals Share examples during family visits Share examples during family visits Share examples with supervisors and administrators Share examples with supervisors and administrators Highlight work samples in the portfolios of children Highlight work samples in the portfolios of children Support self-assessment Support self-assessment Identify personal professional development needs Identify personal professional development needs

27 27 Resources to Support Quality Copies can be purchased at Copies can be purchased at PDF available on website PDF available on website Click on Educator Resources; click on Foundations; click on downloads. Foundations Toolbox Foundations Toolbox Office of School Readiness website Office of School Readiness website


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