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

2 2 Welcome!

3 3 Its Here!

4 4

5 5 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

6 6 What Do We Want for Children? Using the form at the table, try to come up with one word or phrase for each letter in the word F-O-U-N-D-A-T-I-O-N-S that describes what the participants at your table want for children. Ready, Set, Go!

7 7 Outcomes Increase your understanding of the California Preschool Learning Foundations, including: why they are important how they fit in Californias Preschool Learning System what they are, what they say, what they mean and how they are organized next steps

8 8 Agenda Welcome Why foundations? What are they? Structure A Closer Look Whats next?

9 9 Lets get started…

10 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 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 12 Readiness Gap

13 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 14 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.

15 15 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.

16 16 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

17 17 A Personal Reflection Take a moment to respond to this question: What do I already know about the preschool learning foundations?

18 18

19 19 Introduction to Foundations Read the Preschool Learning Foundations Introduction on pages xi-xvi.

20 20 Introduction to Foundations Talk at your table and create a bumper sticker or license plate that will convey to the rest of the group the important points in your assigned section. Use no more than ten words.

21 21 Introduction Highlights

22 22 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.

23 23 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

24 24 The purpose of the foundations is to promote understanding of preschool childrens learning and to guide instructional practice. Introduction Highlights

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 practitioners suggestions and examples.

26 26 Social- Emotional Development English- Language Development Language and Literacy Mathematics Preschool Learning Foundations ~Domains~

27 27 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.

28 28 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

29 29 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

30 30 How Tos of Teaching Young Children Effective teaching includes: setting up environments; supporting childrens play; selecting appropriate materials; and planning and implementing teacher-guided learning activities.

31 31 Two Major Considerations Underlie the How Tos of Teaching Teachers can foster early learning by thoughtfully considering the foundations as they plan. Teachers can tap into the prominent role of play by encouraging the learning in childs self- initiated play and introducing purposeful instructional activities that playfully engage preschoolers in learning.

32 32 Structure of the Foundations

33 33 A Walk Through the Domain Organization Introduction Foundations Bibliographic Notes Glossary References

34 34 Strand Domain Map of the Foundations Social-Emotional Development Age Substrand Examples Foundation Self Foundation Description

35 35 How is the structure the same or different? Social-Emotional DevelopmentLanguage and Literacy MathematicsEnglish-Language Development All domains have in common

36 36 Is this what you found? Social-Emotional DevelopmentLanguage and Literacy MathematicsEnglish-Language Development All domains have in common Domain Strand Substrand Foundation Examples Age Descriptions for foundations Level Focus Age Descriptions of substrand

37 37 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

38 38 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.

39 39 A Closer Look…

40 40 Treasure Hunt

41 41 Treasure Hunt: Part 1 As a table, create 5 questions that can be answered from the pages of your assigned domain. Write them neatly on the Question Sheet. Write answers to those questions on the Answer Key and seal it. Include page numbers where the answer can be found. You have 20 minutes to complete this part of the activity.

42 42 Treasure Hunt: Part 2 Pass your Question Sheet and sealed Answer Key clockwise to the next table. You will now have a Question Sheet from another table. Check the top to see what domain you will be working in. Find and record the answers directly below each question. Open the Answer Key and check your answers. You have 15 minutes for this work.

43 43 Strand - Substrand Order There is a developmental progression from three- to four-years-old within a substrand. The order in which the strands and substrands are presented is not meant to indicate a developmental progression.

44 44 Frequently Asked Questions For Example: What is the relationship between the English-language development and the language and literacy foundations?

45 45 Frequently Asked Questions Activity Read the FAQ handout with an elbow partner and discuss two or three questions and answers that provided new information. Further questions about the foundations may be sent by to

46 46 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 , provides a summary list of the foundations.

47 47 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

48 48 A Personal Reflection What have I learned about the Preschool Learning Foundations today?

49 49 Whats next?

50 50 What is next? Curriculum framework DRDP-R Other foundation domains Professional development opportunities

51 51 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.

52 52 The DRDP-R is the Assessment Tool Fall 2009 – The aligned DRDP-R introduced. 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.

53 53 Visual and Performing Arts Physical Development History/ Social Sciences Science Preschool Foundations Future Domains Health

54 54 Timeline for Next Set of Preschool Learning Foundations TIMELINE Work Begins 2008 Input Sessions 2009 Foundations Released

55 55 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 will hold seminars for college faculty. Visit for more information.

56 56 What will you … Teach, Tell or Train?

57 57 Thank you for coming!

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