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1 1 California Preschool Learning Foundations

2 2 Outcomes Increase your understanding of the California Preschool Learning Foundations, including: why they are important what they are, what they say, what they mean and how they are organized how they fit in Californias Preschool Learning System next steps

3 3 Its Here!

4 4 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

5 5 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

6 6 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.

7 7 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.

8 8 A Personal Reflection Take a moment to respond to this question: What do I already know about the preschool learning foundations?

9 9 The Foundations… Describe 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.

10 10 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

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12 12 Social- Emotional Development English- Language Development Language and Literacy Mathematics Preschool Learning Foundations ~Domains~

13 13 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

14 14 Introduction to Foundations Read the Preschool Learning Foundations Introduction on pages xi-xvi.

15 15 Introduction Highlights

16 16 Introduction Highlights Foundations describe knowledge and skills that most children can be expected to exhibit in a high-quality program at the end of their first or second year of preschool. They focus on behaviors reflecting age- appropriate competencies for children at around 48 months and at around 60 months.

17 17 Children are different and may not demonstrate the behaviors in the examples exactly as they are stated. When taking an in-depth look at a domain, one needs to keep in mind that, for young children, learning is a very integrated experience. Introduction Highlights

18 18 The purpose of the foundations is to promote understanding of preschool childrens learning and to guide instructional practice. Introduction Highlights

19 19 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

20 20 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

21 21 Structure of the Foundations

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

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

24 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 25 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 practioners suggestions and examples.

26 26 Frequently Asked Questions For Example: What is the relationship between the English-language development and the language and literacy foundations?

27 27 CDE Web site The foundations are posted on the CDE Web site at 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 173-192, provides a summary list of the foundations.

28 28 To Purchase The Preschool Learning Foundations publication are available for purchase from the CDE Press after March 28, 2008 for $19.95. Ordering information can be found at the CDE Web site or by calling 800-995-4099.

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30 30 Whats next?

31 31 Curriculum Framework The framework will be developed to provide guidance on the implementation of the foundations. There will be opportunities for input from the field.

32 32 The DRDP-R is the Assessment Tool Fall 2009 – The DRDP-R will be aligned to the foundations. Fall 2010 – The aligned DRDP-R will be implemented by state-funded preschool programs before monitoring visits will require its use. Fall 2011 – The aligned DRDP-R will be required.

33 33 Visual and Performing Arts Physical Development History/ Social Sciences Science Preschool Foundations Future Domains Health

34 34 Timeline for Next Set of Preschool Learning Foundations TIMELINE 2007-08 Work Begins 2008 Input Sessions 2009 Foundations Released

35 35 Professional Development Opportunities The California Preschool Instructional Network will provide training opportunities. Check the CPIN Web site at for upcoming training dates. The Faculty Training Initiative will hold seminars for college faculty. Visit for more information.

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