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In 1999, a task force was appointed to develop early childhood education (ECE) program expectations or standards for New Jersey's ECE programs. The standards were based on the task force's review of research, curricula, standards, and guidelines developed by local boards of education, other states, and professional organizations; feedback on draft standards from various professionals; and three regional focus groups. This guide presents the ECE standards, providing early childhood educators with a foundation to build upon in creating developmentally appropriate learning environments and preparing children to meet New Jersey's core curriculum content standards when they enter kindergarten. The guide's introduction defines developmentally appropriate expectations, preschool, and curriculum, and discusses implementation issues and program continuity/transition. The guide is then organized into three parts. The first part addresses the expectations that cross all content areas: school and home partnerships, classroom environment, and assessment. The second part addresses expectations that involve the affect domain: social-emotional development. The third part addresses seven content areas: creative arts; health, safety, and physical development; language arts literacy; mathematics; science; social studies; and world languages. Within each section, introductory remarks discuss the importance of the particular area for educational quality, with program standards following. Two appendices link some of the ECE program quality standards to the New Jersey core curriculum content standards and list best practices for teachers of 3- and 4-year-olds. (Contains 20 references.) (KB)

Descriptors: Academic Standards, Classroom Environment, Creative Art, Developmentally Appropriate Practices, Educational Quality, Emergent Literacy, Language Arts, Mathematics Education, Multicultural Education, Parent School Relationship, Physical Education, Preschool Curriculum, Preschool Education, Science Education, Second Languages, Social Studies, State Standards, Student Evaluation, Teacher Role

Author: New Jersey State Dept. of Education, Trenton.

Source: https://eric.ed.gov/?q=a&ft=on&ff1=dtySince_1992&pg=9794&id=ED460775

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