ERIC Number: ED482014
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2003-Mar
Reference Count: N/A
Delaware Early Learning Foundations for School Success.
Delaware State Dept. of Education, Dover.
Recognizing that children's earliest years are critical, stakeholders in Delaware have joined together to define what types of experiences children should ideally have before they enter kindergarten. A statewide committee with policymakers, parents, and representatives from the early care and education community, schools, higher education, and family literacy programs met during 2002 to develop descriptions of the types of abilities and characteristics children should have the opportunity to develop before school entry. This resulting Foundations document was designed to provide a structure and a guide for planning instructional experiences that are essential to facilitate children's development to reach the instructional outcomes targeted. Feedback was obtained on earlier drafts of the document from focus groups held throughout the state and at a variety of meetings and conferences. The document is organized into two parts: (1) a statement of guiding principles; and (2) the Early Learning Foundations. Foundations are detailed in seven developmental domains paralleling those found in the Head Start Child Outcome Framework: language development, mathematics, science, creative arts, emotional and social development, approaches to learning, and physical health and development. The guiding principles relate to learning through play, kindergarten eligibility, individual differences, school accessibility, parents' role as child's first teachers, and the importance of quality early experiences in preparing a child for school success. Within each developmental domain are several developmental areas that further define important elements of the domain, and within each development area are outlines of the types of learning experiences children should have to promote success. A list of advisory work group members and focus group participants completes the document. (KB)
Descriptors: Early Childhood Education, Early Experience, Educational Quality, Kindergarten, Preschool Curriculum, School Readiness, State Standards, Young Children
Delaware Department of Education, P.O. Box 1402, Dover, DE 19903-1402. Tel: 302-739-4601; Fax: 302-739-4654; Web site: http://www.doe.state.de.us. For full text: http://www.doe.state.de.us/early_childhood/Standards/28372_Schoolbook.pdf.
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Administrators; Practitioners; Teachers
Authoring Institution: Delaware State Dept. of Education, Dover.
Identifiers - Location: Delaware