Family Child Care at Its Best

The Center in Excellence in Child Development recognizes that licensed family childcare providers are a major source of support for working families. The Family Child Care and Its Best program delivers high-quality, university-based education to licensed providers. Offered statewide, these classes help caregivers improve their knowledge, skills and quality of care. The program is funded by the California Department of Education which enables us to offer these courses at no charge to participants.
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Selecting Counting Books

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The National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) suggests that children need to "count with understanding", but what will indicate growing knowledge and understanding? Read on for some examples to answer questions about children's developing understanding, how to choose counting books, and planning math activities.

Material Type: Lesson Plan

Author: Child Development

DRDP Infant/Toddler

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DRDP (Desired Results Developmental Profile) - a developmental continuum from early infancy to kindergarten entry. a formative assessment instrument developed by the California Department of Education for young children and their families to be used to inform instruction and program development.

Material Type: Assessment

Author: Child Development

DRDP - Preschool

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DRDP (Desired Results Developmental Profile) - a developmental continuum from early infancy to kindergarten entry. a formative assessment instrument developed by the California Department of Education for young children and their families to be used to inform instruction and program development.

Material Type: Assessment

Author: Child Development

Where We Stand on Curriculum, Assessment, and Program Evaluation

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The National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) and the National Association of Early Childhood Specialists in State Departments of Education (NAECS/SDE) provide a brief description of where they stand on issues relating to early childhood curriculum and assessment. They list indicators of effective curriculum, assessment practices, and program evaluation and accountability.

Material Type: Assessment

Author: Child Development

Family Partnerships and Culture

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Best practices for planning curriculum for young children, developed by the California Department of Education. This publication provides early childhood education program administrators and teachers with guidance and practices that support the development of partnerships with families and inclusion of children's cultural experiences as essential parts of planning curriculum.

Material Type: Reading

Author: Child Development

Not in Praise of Praise

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The author explores the use of praise in the classroom and considers "reflective listening" as an alternative method for interacting with young children. The author discusses possible negative outcomes of praise and provides other options for helping a child feel good about himself/herself.

Material Type: Reading

Author: Child Development