ERS . . . Survive or Thrive. It’s up to you!. Objectives. Brainstorm stressors related to ERS assessment and develop strategies for overcoming that stress. Review the role of the ERS in Pennsylvania’s Early Childhood Education quality initiatives.
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ERS . . . Survive or Thrive
It’s up to you!
What are the things related to the ERS that cause stress, anxiety, worry, confusion?
What do programs feel they
have to “survive”?
Definition from Webster’s:
1. a: the act or fact of living or continuing longer than another person or thing
2. a: one that survives
1. a: to grow vigorously :flourish
2 a: to gain in wealth or possessions :prosper
Then That . . .
Decide what you want, decide what you are willing to exchange for it. Establish your priorities and go to work.
H. L. Hunt
Just as your car runs more smoothly and requires less energy to go faster and farther when the wheels are in perfect alignment, you perform better when your thoughts, feelings, emotions, goals, and values are in balance.
Cognitive development, Emotional development, Physical development, and
Individual interests and skills
Basic needs of children
Health and safety
Building positive relationships
Opportunities for stimulation and learning
In our haste to deal with the things that are wrong, let us not upset the things that are right.
What is best for our children and families?
Even if you are on the right track, you’ll get run over if you just sit there.
Where we are.
Where we want to be.
getting there is NOT half the fun.
Gender specific dress-up clothing
Same sink is sanitized effectively
Outdoor play “weather permitting”
Can everything be “the most important”?
What makes a really fabulous meal
IT IS THE TOTAL SCORE THAT IS RELATED TO POSITIVE CHILD DEVELOPMENT, NOT ANY OF THE SINGLE REQUIREMENTS BY THEMSELVES
(page xii ECERS-R)
Star 3 & 4
Fiscal Year 2010-2011
In the first half of FY 10-11, 93% (out of 285 total assessed statewide) Keystone STARS providers at STAR 3 and STAR 4 levels successfully met required overall facility scores.
and a tool for thriving!
Young children from the beginning cannot help but learn—they don’t have to be taught to learn, they are naturally wired up to learn. From the very beginning children are learning about the world. They are also learning about what learning is about. So everything that is going on is a learning experience.
Jack P. Shonkoff, MD, Dean, Heller Graduate School, Brandeis University