Education

Education and child development refer to the activities, experiences, and practices that support child development across developmental domains. Program services are premised on the philosophy that the relationship between the child, family, and caregivers is central to children’s learning and healthy growth and development and that program services must be developmentally appropriate and individualized for each child.

CEL Standards Curriculum & Assessment tools

School-Readiness Goals— All programs must establish school readiness goals. At a minimum, goals must be established in each of the following domains: language and literacy development, cognition, general knowledge, approaches toward learning, physical well-being and motor development, and social and emotional development.

Head Start Early Learning Outcomes Framework (HSELOF)

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Illinois Early and Development Standards

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Illinois Early Learning Guidelines

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Pre-K Research-Based Curriculum

Creative Curriculum is designed for use with all early childhood populations, including children with disabilities and dual language learners. If a program believes the Creative Curriculum needs to be further adapted to fit the needs of individual children or special populations, it should contact its monitoring team for additional instructions.

Teaching Strategies GOLD

Teaching Strategies GOLD, an ongoing, observation-based, authentic assessment system, that assesses child progress along developmentally appropriate and individualize trajectories, except in PI Home-visiting.

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Parents as Teachers

Parents as Teachers is centered on building relationships with families that support family well-being, strong relationships between parents/guardians and their children, and ongoing learning and development for both.

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ReadyRosie

ReadyRosie is a research-based parenting curriculum that builds on parents’ knowledge. ReadyRosie harnesses the power of video and mobile technology to empower families and schools to work together to promote school readiness.

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Chicago Pre-Learning

Chicago Pre-Learning is designed to serve as a resource for families to support their child’s educational development today. Your family may need to stay at home to stay healthy, but children can learn wherever they are. There are plenty of activities for early learners of all levels to enjoy to complement their pre-school’s existing curriculum.

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Continuous Quality Improvement

INCCRRA

The Illinois Network of Child Care Resource and Referral Agencies (INCCRRA) is a statewide organization that provides resources for making high quality, affordable early care & education and school-age care options available for children and families in Illinois.

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ExceleRate Illinois

ExceleRate Illinois recognizes early learning providers who make quality a priority. ExceleRate Illinois is a statewide quality recognition and improvement system designed to make continuous quality improvement an everyday priority among early learning providers.

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NAEYC

The National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) is a professional membership organization that promotes high quality early learning for young children.

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Milestones

Quarter 4 (Jun - Aug)
  • Review lesson plans for appropriate curriculum planning and implementation.
  • Ensure COPA and GOLD data is accurate for children and teachers assigned to classes, funding sources, age class/grade, home language survey (ages 3-5 only) primary language & IFSP/IEPs.
  • Review archive and prepare My Teaching Strategies GOLD for new program year.
  • Schedule initial home visits for returning children.• Establish class list (returning children) to ensure teacher/child ratio & class size based on predominate age is met.
  • Review and post daily schedule for all center base and FCCH (upcoming program year).
  • Implement pre-service training ensuring education staff participate in Pedestrian/Transportation Safety/Evacuation training.
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