ERIC Number: ED478709
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001
Reference Count: N/A
Mississippi Pre-Kindergarten Curriculum: Including Benchmarks, Informal Assessments, and Suggested Teaching Strategies.
Mississippi State Dept. of Education, Jackson.
Recognition of the significance of early years has heightened interest and support for early childhood programs. Prevention steps designed to reduce the number of children who arrive at school with inadequate literacy-related knowledge would considerably reduce the number of children with reading difficulties. While there is great potential for producing positive and lasting effects on children, this potential will not be achieved unless all programs meet the highest standards of quality. The Mississippi Pre-Kindergarten Curriculum is designed to direct schools in establishing and administering developmentally appropriate pre-kindergarten programs that meet these standards. This document was designed as an optional resource guide for use by Mississippi school districts providing pre-kindergarten programs across the state. The framework contains three prevention/intervention components: (1) benchmarks (what children should know and be able to do); (2) assessments (informal and observational assessments to determine if benchmarks are being met); and (3) instructional prevention/intervention strategies (specific intervention tasks that will assist a child in meeting a benchmark). These benchmarks, assessments, and instructional prevention/intervention strategies are designed to ensure that children enter kindergarten with the conceptual understandings necessary to be successful learners. (Contains a list of 33 resources, 7 software titles for scientific investigation, and appropriate educational materials. (HTH)
Descriptors: Benchmarking, Classroom Techniques, Early Childhood Education, Educational Quality, Emergent Literacy, Evaluation Criteria, Intervention, Preschool Curriculum, Prevention, Reading Readiness, School Readiness
Mississippi Department of Education, P.O. Box 771, 359 North West Street, Jackson, MS 39205. Tel: 601-359-3515; Fax: 601-359-3033; Web site: http://www.mde.k12.ms.us.
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Administrators; Practitioners; Teachers
Authoring Institution: Mississippi State Dept. of Education, Jackson.
Identifiers - Location: Mississippi