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1 California Preschool Learning Foundations California Department of Education Child Development Division

2 Welcome!

3 With a goal of ensuring that all preschools offer high-quality programs, the California Department of Education developed these preschool learning foundations. On January 22, 2008, the State Superintendent of Public Instruction, Jack OConnell formally released the foundations during the California State of Education address.

4 Its Here!


6 CDE Web site At the Web address, the underlined Preschool Learning Foundations link takes you to the publication. There you will have easy access to the chapters and sections within the 192 page publication. The Appendix, on pages , provides a summary list of the foundations. Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) are posted on the website. Questions can be sent to

7 Social- Emotional Development English- Language Development Language and Literacy Mathematics Preschool Learning Foundations ~Domains~

8 FOUNDATIONS Relevant studies Early childhood education standards from other states Well-validated assessment tools Documents from the California Department of Education General sources on culture, early learning, and early childhood education Foundations are based on… …and enhanced with expert practitioners suggestions and examples.

9 Lets Take a Book Walk A Message from the State Superintendent of Public Instruction The Acknowledgements The Introduction The Four Domains: Social-Emotional Development, Language and Literacy, English-Language Development, and Mathematics The Appendix

10 Research shows that all children can benefit from participating in high-quality preschool programs. Jack OConnell A Message from the State Superintendent of Public Instruction

11 Children who attend high-quality preschool programs: are more comfortable in their surroundings have been exposed to books have learned to play cooperatively are accustomed to learning with others

12 Readiness Gap

13 Key Findings of the Rand Study Children who attend pre-k score higher on school readiness measures at kindergarten entry. Effective pre-k improves childrens K-12 academic performance. Effective pre-k has long-term benefits.

14 The Foundations… are for all children, including children learning English and children with disabilities. Foundations are the knowledge and skills that all young children typically exhibit: at around 48 and 60 months of age; as they complete their first or second year of preschool; with appropriate support; and when attending a high-quality preschool program.

15 High-Quality Programs Include environments and experiences that encourage active, playful exploration and experimentation purposeful teaching to help children gain knowledge and skills specific support for children learning English specific accommodations and adaptations for children with special needs

16 The purpose of the foundations is to promote understanding of preschool childrens learning and to guide instructional practice. Introduction Highlights

17 Universal Design for Learning supports preschool programs in their efforts to foster learning and development for all children provides opportunities for children to follow different pathways to learning provides for the use of multiple approaches to learning

18 Universal Design for Learning cont. provides information in a variety of ways so that the learning needs of all of the children are met allows for use of alternative methods to demonstrate what they know or feel provides choices for activities that facilitate learning by building on childrens interests

19 Effective teaching includes: setting up environments; supporting childrens play; selecting appropriate materials; and planning and implementing teacher-guided learning activities.

20 Children with Disabilities Children with disabilities develop in ways that are similar to, but different from typically developing children. Teachers provide the insight needed to understand how these foundations can be applied.

21 Structure of the Foundations

22 A Walk Through the Domain Organization Introduction Foundations Bibliographic Notes Glossary References

23 Strand Age Domain Map of the Foundations Social-Emotional Development Age Substrand Examples Foundation Self Foundation Description

24 Domain Foundations Organization Age Strand Substrand Foundation English-language development foundations have Levels not Ages Social-emotional development foundations include descriptions for Foundations Examples English-language development has a Focus level below Substrands Language and literacy includes descriptions of Substrands

25 Preschool English-Language Development Foundations English-language development is not linked to age. English-learners language develops at different rates. Children may be at the beginning, middle or later levels for different foundations at the same point in time.

26 Whats next?


28 What is next? Curriculum framework DRDP-R Other foundation domains

29 Professional Development Opportunities The California Preschool Instructional Network will provide training opportunities. Check the CPIN Web site at for upcoming training dates. The Faculty Initiative Project will hold seminars for college faculty. Visit for more information.

30 To Purchase The Preschool Learning Foundations publication will be available for purchase from the CDE Press after February 28, 2008 for $ Ordering information can be found at the CDE Web site or by calling

31 Thank you for coming!

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