What is the Program? ELC, through a contract with Family Central, Inc.; Nova Southeastern University and Broward County Public Schools, will implement a systematic integration of quality within the Early Care and Education Community, building on national best practices and adapting evidenced based exemplary practices focused on the Child, Family and Teacher and Learning Environment to realize maximum child outcomes.
A. Child Focus: Within
designated/approved early education facilities, each organization will provide oversight, referral,
evaluation and longitudinal tracking/monitoring between developmental
screening, classroom instruction, child developmental assessments, and
the continuous assessment of all School Readiness children birth to five (not
yet in kindergarten),especially those requiring additional developmental
support(s), using a nationally researched based, comprehensive early childhood,
electronic child assessment, and the results used to inform instruction.
all designated ECE programs provide the appropriate screens and assessments and
work with “Master Teacher Teams” (as determined by the Contractor’s plan to
deliver this service), to ensure children are receiving the education
instruction and supports necessary to maximize their development. Children’s development will be measured by an
approved nationally researched based, comprehensive early childhood, electronic
child assessment system.
Family Focus: Each organization will provide family engagement and support
services consistent with the Center for Social Policy – Strengthening Families
Approach that will provide additional tools, opportunities, and information to
parents to help empower parents to advocate on behalf of their child(ren), as
well as to be an active part of their child’s development as the child’s “first
teacher” and partner with their child’s early education facility. (http://www.cssp.org/reform/strengthening-families/the-basics/the-strengthening-families-approach)
family engagement services must work with the families in conjunction with
their child’s early education facility.
family engagement services must coincide with the educational curriculum and
developmental experiences within the child’s classroom.
family engagement services must provide expanded positive life experiences for
parents that they can share with their children.
Teacher and Learning Environment Focus: Each organization will provide services to attain and support
implementation of quality standards in early learning programs.
approach includes “Master Teacher Teams” whose primary role will be to visit
classrooms and coach teachers using reflective practice to improve instruction.
Master Teacher Teams administer program evaluation instruments to measure
practices in preschool classrooms (e.g., CLASS™, ERS®, TSG®); planning and
presenting training opportunities to improve programmatic areas; follow-up
support individualized to the level of teacher development; planning procedures
for performance based assessments to ensure reliable collection of child
outcome information through portfolio review meetings and professional