Standard 1: Relationships
Teachers help new children adjust to the program environment and make friends with other children. Teaching staff engage in warm, friendly conversations with the children and encourage and recognize children’s work and accomplishments.
Children are encouraged to play and work together. Teachers help children resolve conflicts by identifying feelings, describing problems, and trying alternative solutions.
Standard 2: Curriculum
Our program implements a curriculum that is consistent with its goals for children and promotes learning and development in each of the following areas: social, emotional, physical, language, and cognitive. The curriculum includes goals for the content that children are learning, planned activities linked to these goals, daily schedules and routines, and materials to be used.
Standard 3: Teaching
Our program uses developmentally, culturally, and linguistically appropriate and effective teaching approaches that enhance each child’s learning and development in the context of the curriculum goals. Children have different learning styles, needs, capacities, interests, and backgrounds. By recognizing these differences and using instructional approaches that are appropriate for each child, teachers and staff help all children learn.
Standard 4: Assessment of Child Progress
Teachers use assessment methods and information to design goals for individual children and monitor their progress, as well as to improve the program and its teaching strategies. Families receive information about their child’s development and learning on a regular basis, including through meetings or conferences.
Standard 5: Health
Our program promotes the nutrition and health of children and protects children and staff from illness and injury. Children must be healthy and safe in order to learn and grow. Programs must be healthy and safe to support children’s healthy development.
Standard 6: Staff Competencies, Preparation, and Support
Our program employs and supports a teaching staff with the educational qualifications, knowledge, and professional commitment necessary to promote children’s learning and development and to support families’ diverse needs and interests.
Standard 7: Families
All families are welcome and encouraged to be involved in all aspects of the program. Teachers and staff talk with families about their family structure and their views on childrearing and use that information to adapt the curriculum and teaching methods to the families served. The program uses a variety of strategies to communicate with families, including family conferences, new family orientations, and individual conversations. Program information—including policies and operating procedures—is provided in a language that families can understand.
Standard 8: Community Relationships
Our program connects with and uses resources in the community. Representatives from community programs, such as musical performers and local artists, are invited to share their interests and talents with the children. The staff develop professional relationships with community agencies and organizations that further the program’s capacity to meet the needs and interests of children and families.
Standard 9: Physical Environment
Our program has a safe and healthful environment that provides appropriate and well-maintained indoor and outdoor physical environments. Our facility is designed so that staff can supervise all children by sight and sound. A variety of materials and equipment appropriate for children’s ages, skills and abilities is available and kept clean, safe, and in good repair. Outdoor play areas have fences or natural barriers that prevent access to streets and other hazards.
Standard 10: Leadership and Management
Our program effectively implements policies, procedures, and systems that support stable staff and strong personnel, and fiscal, and program management so all children, families, and staff have high-quality experiences.