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CDD Quality Improvement Projects that contribute to an Early Learning Quality Improvement System. California Department of Education Child Development Division July 2009. Preschool Learning Foundations. Volume 1 : (January 2008) Social-Emotional Development Language and Literacy

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CDD Quality Improvement Projects that contribute to an Early Learning Quality Improvement System

California Department of Education

Child Development Division

July 2009


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Preschool Learning Foundations Learning Quality Improvement System

Volume 1: (January 2008)

  • Social-Emotional Development

  • Language and Literacy

  • English-Language Development

  • Mathematics

    Volume 2: (at CDE Press)

  • Visual and Performing Arts

  • Physical Development

  • Health

    Volume 3: (in development)

  • History-Social Science

  • Science


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Preschool Learning Foundations… Learning Quality Improvement System

are for all children including:

  • English learners and

  • Children with disabilities


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Preschool Curriculum Framework Learning Quality Improvement System

  • Information about how to support the high quality early learning and development described in the Preschool Learning Foundations (PLF)

  • An overall approach for teachers to support children’s learning through environments, relationships, and experiences that are:

    • Developmentally appropriate

    • Reflective of thoughtful observation and intentional planning

    • Individually and culturally meaningful

    • Inclusive of children with disabilities and other special needs


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Curriculum Framework Guiding Principles Learning Quality Improvement System

Relationships are central

Play is a primary context for learning

Learning is integrated

Responsiveness to culture and language supports children’s learning

Individualization of learning includes all children

Intentional teaching enhances children’s learning experiences Family and community partnerships create meaningful connections


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Released Feb. 2009 Learning Quality Improvement System

Are aligned with the preschool foundations

Support an understanding of the developmental continuum for learning for children from birth through preschool

Infant/Toddler Learning and Development Foundations


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Infant/Toddler Learning and Development Foundations Learning Quality Improvement System

Include four domains:

Social-emotional,

Language development,

Cognitive, and

Perceptual and motor development

Provide descriptions of competencies for children at around 8, 18, and 36 months

Each age level enriched with examples of typical behaviors leading up to the foundation


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I/T Foundations and Framework Learning Quality Improvement System

I/T Foundations roll-out: introduced over time through the various activities of the Program for Infant/Toddler Care (PITC)

The I/T Curriculum Framework: developed, release expectedearly 2010


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Desired Results Assessment System Learning Quality Improvement System

  • Designed to document the progress made by children and families in achieving desired results

  • Tested for reliability and validity

  • Observation-based tools to inform providers regarding children’s progress which in turn informs curriculum planning and program improvement

  • Not for statewide roll-up


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Desired Results Assessment System Components Learning Quality Improvement System

  • Desired Results Developmental Profile (DRDP): assessment instrument based on teacher observations that measures children’s developmental progress. DRDP access:birth-to-five instrument that captures children’s progress who are not yet three years old developmentally

  • DR Parent Survey: to assess parent satisfaction with the early childhood program and to gain an understanding of families’ strengths and needs in supporting their children’s learning and development and in achieving their goals

  • Environment Rating Scale: to assess the learning environment


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Desired Results Learning Quality Improvement SystemNext Steps

DRDP-R2 is being aligned with the I/T and Preschool Foundations, Volume 1

Will be introduced fall 2009

Will be required for CDD-funded programs in fall 2010

Will be aligned with future volumes of the preschool foundations

The next aligned version of the DRDP will not be released for several years

A school readiness instrument derived from the DRDP could be developed



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Professional Development Learning Quality Improvement System

  • Health & safety training – baseline

  • Community-based training:

    • Exempt Provider Training

    • Child Care Initiative Project

    • Public Broadcasting Preschool Ed. Project

    • Family Child Care at It’s Best

    • Program for Infant/Toddler Care

    • CA Preschool Instructional Network

  • Support for training through CA’s higher education system:

    • AB 212 (CARES)

    • CalWORKs Recipients to CD teachers

    • CA Early Childhood Mentor Program

    • Child Development Training Consortium

    • Faculty Initiative Project


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Early Childhood Educator Competencies Learning Quality Improvement System

Partners: CDE and First 5 California

Will describe core knowledge, skills and dispositions of early childhood educators working with children birth to five

Will be aligned with the I/T and preschool learning foundations

Will be included as a cornerstone of ECE professional development in California

Will be used to update the Permit Matrix

Expected to be completed by June 2010


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Program Guidelines and Resources Learning Quality Improvement System

  • Prekindergarten Learning & Development Guidelines (2000): Updated after PLF, Vol. 3

  • The Infant/Toddler Learning & Development Program Guidelines:released in 2006

  • Preschool English Learners: Principles and Practices to Promote Language, Literacy, and Learning (PEL Guide) (in Spanish and English)

  • A World Full of Language, Supporting Preschool English learners (DVD) (in Spanish and English)

  • Coming: DVDs on I/T & Preschool Foundations


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