ERIC Number: ED453953
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Jan
Early Childhood Standards for Programs for Three- and Four-Year Olds.
Massachusetts State Dept. of Education, Malden. Early Learning Services.
The Massachusetts Board of Education is required to establish standards for prekindergarten programs serving 3- and 4-year-olds in whole- or half-day programs. This document presents the standards to be used by programs receiving Chapter 188 Early Childhood funds. The program standards are intended to guide ongoing development, evaluation, and improvement of Chapter 188-funded early childhood programs. Following introductory remarks and definitions of relevant terms, the state standards are presented in 11 areas: (1) curriculum; (2) physical environment; (3) interactions between staff and children and between children and peers; (4) family involvement; (5) staff qualifications and staff development; (6) staffing (group size and staff-child ratios); (7) health and safety; (8) nutrition and food service; (9) transportation; (10) administration; and (11) evaluation. Three appendices list recommended equipment and materials for early childhood education programs, delineate requirements for program health care policies and individual children's health records, and list members of the Early Childhood Advisory Council to the Massachusetts Board of Education. (KB)
Publication Type: Legal/Legislative/Regulatory Materials
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Massachusetts State Dept. of Education, Malden. Early Learning Services.
Identifiers - Location: Massachusetts