ERIC Number: ED481129
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Jul
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Arkansas Early Childhood Education Framework.
In 1995, the Arkansas Early Childhood Education (ECE) Framework was developed to shape and guide quality programs in early childhood education and to guide children through a successful transition to a kindergarten curriculum based on the Arkansas K-12 curriculum frameworks. This guide, organized in three sections, presents the original ECE framework, benchmarks and suggested activities, and an assessment instrument. Section 1, which includes a mission statement, describes essential elements and the developmental learning strands that should be evident in quality early childhood education programs. Vignettes in this section illustrate various learning strands, address related issues such as assessment and professional development, and incorporate a glossary of significant terms and concepts. Essential program elements relate to the physical and social/emotional environment, respect for cultural diversity and individual differences, relationships with families, and strategies that support learning. The developmental learning strands are: (1) social emotional development (acting independently, experiencing success, and interacting socially); (2) creative/aesthetic learning (self expression and sensitivity to the arts); (3) cognitive/intellectual learning (communication, problem solving, choice behavior, exploration, experimentation, and questioning); (4) physical development (health, nutrition, fitness, and fine and gross motor coordination); and (5) language (conversation, vocabulary, receptive and expressive language). Appended to Section 1 are discussions regarding assessment, professional development and training, and a glossary. Section 2, added in 1999, expands upon the framework to provide a bridge to revised K-12 frameworks. This section includes benchmarks for each developmental learning strand and suggested strategies and activities for 3- and 4-year-olds. Some of the strategies are specific to children learning English as a second language, children with limited English proficiency, and children with special needs. Section 3, contains the ECE framework developmental rating scale, added in 1999, for use in student assessment in combination with teacher observations and portfolios. (KB)
Descriptors: Child Development, Early Childhood Education, Educational Improvement, Educational Quality, Models, Preschool Curriculum, Preschool Education, Professional Development, Rating Scales, State Legislation, State Standards, Student Evaluation, Teacher Student Relationship
Arkansas Department of Human Services, Division of Child Care and Early Childhood Education, P.O. Box 1437, Donaghey Plaza South, Slot S140, Little Rock, AR 72203-4608. Tel: 800-682-1550 (Toll Free); Tel: 501-682-4891; Fax: 501-682-2317; Web site: http://www.state.ar.us. For full text: http://www.arkansas.gov/childcare/ARKANSAS EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION FRAMEWORK.pdf.
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Tests/Questionnaires
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Audience: Administrators; Practitioners
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Identifiers - Location: Arkansas