The following long-term goals for early childhood education reflect the view that all areas of development, (cognition, communication, social-emotional, motor and adaptive skills), are integrated into learning.
The educational opportunities and experiences in the early years make a difference in overall development. Curriculum experiences are to be research-based, aligned with the content standards, and rich with differentiated learning.
Problem solving provides opportunities to use language and play to engage children’s intellectual abilities. These experiences will be planned and organized. Instructional strategies will be designed to support, challenge, scaffold and extend children’s abilities and skills.
- Enhance and facilitate development in all domains: Cognitive, language, social-emotional, physical and adaptive (self-help) skills.
- Provide educational experiences using intentional teaching strategies through play to facilitate concept development, content knowledge, creativity and problem solving.
- Provide opportunities through the organization of the classroom for children to build skills and acquire knowledge.
- Provide guidance through classroom experiences that allow for the development of self-management, conflict resolution and social interaction skills and the ability to make positive choices.
- Develop ability to see adults as respectful, nurturing, supportive, responsible and helpful resources that promote self-assurance and competence.
- Provide programs that offer varied opportunities and materials to build an understanding of diversity in culture, family composition, differing abilities, language and gender.