Road To Positive Child Outcomes

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 kindergarten readiness.

 

1.        Ensure 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. 

2.               Ensure 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.  

B.   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)

1.            The family engagement services must work with the families in conjunction with their child’s early education facility.

2.            The family engagement services must coincide with the educational curriculum and developmental experiences within the child’s classroom.

3.            The family engagement services must provide expanded positive life experiences for parents that they can share with their children.

C.    Teacher and Learning Environment Focus:   Each organization will provide services to attain and support implementation of quality standards in early learning programs.

1.            Ensure approach includes “Master Teacher Teams” whose primary role will be to visit classrooms and coach teachers using reflective practice to improve instruction. 

2.            Ensure 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 development. 

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