ERIC Number: ED425837
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998
Reference Count: N/A
Preschool Planning Guide: Building a Foundation for Development of Language and Literacy in the Early Years.
New York State Education Dept., Albany.
Drawing on research into the importance of early childhood education, this guide provides guidance to those responsible for planning and implementing programs for young children in New York State. The guide suggests that quality preschool programs can meet the expectations of the Regents as expressed in their 1992 Early Childhood Policy Statement and at the same time provide the experiences children need if they are to successfully meet state standards for fourth grade. Following an introductory section, the second section of the guide presents the "Essential Elements of a Quality Preschool Program," including facility, staff, group size, curriculum and instruction, assessment, and family involvement parameters. The third section, "Children As Learners," details characteristics of young learners and principles of child development. The fourth section, "The Learner-Centered Environment," addresses assessing a classroom environment, and enriching dramatic play. The fifth section, "Curriculum and Instruction," examines what research indicates as best language, literacy, social studies, math, and science awareness. This section includes sample learning experiences and considerations for planning. The sixth section, "Dimensions of Assessment," advises on keeping track of children's growth. The guide concludes with information on professional development, a bibliography, and a program-wide and preschool classroom equipment and materials checklist. (SD)
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Policymakers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: New York State Education Dept., Albany.
Identifiers - Location: New York