Desired Results for Children and Families
The California Department of Education Early Learning and Care Division Results system is designed to improve the quality of 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 for children are:
- Children are personally and socially competent.
- Children are effective learners.
- Children show physical and motor competence.
- Children are safe and healthy.
The Desired Results for families are:
- Families support their children’s learning and development.
- Families achieve their goals.
The Desired Results (DR) system is composed of several components. The assessment component and centerpiece of the DR system is the Desired Results Developmental Profile© (DRDP©). The DRDP© is an observation-based assessment tool designed to be used by teachers to:
- observe, document, and reflect upon children’s development and progress in the program;
- plan curriculum for each child and the group based on their growth, development, abilities, and interests;
- share children’s progress with their families;
- develop plans for improvement in program practices and policies;
- share information with program administrators and advisory committees;
- support monitoring of program quality and provision of services by CDE.
In addition to the DRDP©, programs gather information on child and family progress and/or on program improvement using: a parent survey; an age–appropriate environmental rating scale; personnel information; and a compliance review.
At the classroom and program level, practitioners use this system to identify successes and needs for improvement within their classrooms and programs. Quality improvement activities are developed and targeted to address areas of improvement and benefit program participants. CDE also provides information and technical assistance to increase overall program quality.
The Desired Results System also interfaces with the Desired Results access Project, which provides resources for special educators, administrators, and families to assist with understanding, implementing, and benefiting from the California Department of Education’s Desired Results Assessment System for preschool-age children who have Individualized Education Plans (IEPs).
Desired Results Developmental Profile (DRDP) © (2015)
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.
DRDP© (2010): Desired Results Development Profile©
(California Department of Education, 2010)
The DRDP© (2010) 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 CDE’s 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.
The Desired Results Developmental Profile (2010) provides a continuity of assessment, including tools for use with infant/toddlers (DRDP-IT), preschool children (DRDP-PS), and school age children (DRDP-SA). The DRDP–PS© (2010) has been aligned with the California Preschool Learning Foundations, Volume 1 and is utilized in state funded preschool programs. The upcoming DRDP (2015) provides a developmental continuum from early infancy to kindergarten entry and is currently in the early implementation phase.
An overview of the DR system and information about the developmental profiles can be found on the Desired Results system Web site.