The Initiatives and Publications
The California Community College and the California State University systems are key contributors to the pre–service preparation of early childhood professionals. The CDE/ECE Faculty Initiative Project offers opportunities for faculty in these systems to examine California Department of Education, Early Learning and Care Division initiatives and publications as they relate to coursework at the community college and state university levels.
The CDE/ECE Faculty Initiative Project focuses on these initiatives and publications:
The Desired Results system is designed to improve the programs and services provided to all children, birth through age 12 years, who are enrolled in early care and education programs, as well as afterschool programs, and their families. The Desired Results are conditions of well-being for children and families.
The Desired Results (DR) system is composed of several components. The assessment and centerpiece of the DR system is the Desired Results Developmental Profile© (DRDP©). It is an observational assessment that enables teachers to document children’s learning and developmental progress along a continuum of developmental levels. The Desired Results system captures the progress made by children and families in achieving desired results and helps them to improve their child care and development services.
The DRDPR is a naturalistic observation–based assessment tool developed for use by childcare providers, preschool teachers, family child care network specialists, and case managers in state–sponsored programs. The purpose of the instrument is to help teachers determine how each child is developing within the developmental domains of the state’s learning foundations for early care and education and the California Department of Education’s (CDE) Desired Results for Children and Families. The desired results for children encompass seven developmental domains, including: Self and Social Development; Language and Literacy Development; English Language Development; Cognitive Development; Mathematical Development; Physical Development; and Health.
This newly updated DRDP (2015) will be required of all Early Learning and Care Division (ELCD) funded programs effective fall 2015 and can be found at http://desiredresults.us.
The Guidelines provide information for program administrators and teachers about appropriate educational practices for young children and preparation of learning environments.
Preschool English Learners: Principles and Practices to Promote Language, Literacy, and Learning – A Resource Guide (Second Edition, 2009)
The resource guide was developed to provide information based on current research about the various aspects of the development, abilities, and everyday experiences of preschool English learners. Ten principles and related implementation practices provide guidance to teachers to promote language, literacy and learning for preschool English learners.
The Preschool English Learners Resource Guide has been translated into Spanish and is available through CDE Press.
The purpose of the preschool learning foundations is to provide early childhood educators, parents, and the public with a clear understanding of the research-based competencies, or knowledge and skills, that we can expect most children to exhibit in a quality program as they complete their first or second year of preschool.
The foundations are goal-like statements in key areas of learning to guide planning. They describe the kind of learning and development we want to support through intentional curriculum planning.
As preschool teachers plan learning environments and experiences, the foundations provide the background information to:
- understand children’s developing knowledge and skills, and
- consider appropriate ways to support children’s learning and development.
There are three volumes of the preschool learning foundations, each focusing on different developmental domains, including:
- California Preschool Learning Foundations, Volume 1 focuses on four developmental domains, including: Social-Emotional Development, Language and Literacy, English-Language Development, and Mathematics.
- California Preschool Learning Foundations, Volume 2 focuses on three developmental domains, including Visual and Performing Arts, Physical Development, and Health.
- California Preschool Learning Foundations, Volume 3 focuses on two domains of development, including History—Social Science and Science. It also includes Appendix B, An Overview of The Alignment of the California Preschool Learning Foundations with Key Early Education Resources.
The Alignment of the California Preschool Learning Foundations with Key Early Education Resources This online publication presents the developmental continuum of learning for children from birth through kindergarten. It shows the connections that the nine domains of the preschool learning foundations have with the content of other important resources. This alignment demonstrates that early learning is a significant part of the educational system and that the knowledge and skills of young children are foundations to future learning.
This curriculum framework provides an overall approach for teachers to support children’s learning through environments and experiences that are:
- developmentally appropriate,
- reflective of thoughtful observation and intentional planning,
- individually and culturally meaningful, and
- inclusive of children with disabilities or other special needs.
The framework presents strategies for planning early childhood environments that encourage and build upon children’s self-initiated play, guide selection of appropriate materials, and assist in implementing child-directed and teacher-guided learning activities.
Each volume of the curriculum framework is a companion guide to a volume in the learning foundations and focuses on the same domains of development.
There are three volumes of the curriculum framework, each focusing on different developmental domains, including:
- California Preschool Curriculum Framework, Volume 1 addresses the domains of Social-Emotional Development, Language and Literacy, English-Language Development, and Mathematics.
- California Preschool Curriculum Framework, Volume 2 addresses the domains of Visual and Performing Arts, Physical Development, and Health.
- California Preschool Curriculum Framework, Volume 3 addresses History—Social Science and Science.
We invite you to explore each of these initiatives!