We, the Early Childhood Advisory Council...
believe that every Perth Amboy preschool child is entitled to a high quality early childhood educational program, providing a safe, supportive, learning environment offering opportunities for cognitive, social, emotional, and physical development. Working together with the school and the community, we will reach out to eligible children and engage their families as partners.
The Perth Amboy Public Schools Early Childhood Education Program...
represents the district's commitment to providing Perth Amboy children with high quality, comprehensive early childhood educational experiences. Our preschool program provides young children with opportunities for exploration, learning, and adventure in an environment that is stimulating, fun-filled, loving, caring and secure. The curriculum design, environment, and teaching strategies are matched to the needs of young children and geared to foster growth and development.
The Perth Amboy Early Childhood Program is based on the best theories...
research and practices available. The Creative Curriculum is the core of our preschool program. This framework rests upon research-based theory and developmentally appropriate practice. Our approach involves teachers and families as critical partners in the important work of helping children grow and develop.
Throughout our program, attention is given...
to four developmental areas of learning: social, emotional, physical, and cognitive. Classroom interest areas and a wide range of supportive materials provide hands-on opportunities for teaching and learning within a context that provides for the growth and development of the whole child.
The following guidelines for developmentally appropriate practice, adapted from the National Association for the Education of Young Children (1997), are used to develop and implement the preschool curriculum in the classroom:
- Creating a caring community of learners
- Engaging in reciprocal partnerships with families and fostering community connections
- Observing, documenting, and assessing children's development and learning
- Teaching to enhance each child's development and learning
- Planning and implementing an engaging curriculum to achieve meaningful goals
- Demonstrating professionalism as an early childhood educator
from Guidelines for Developmentally Appropriate Practice in Action: Using Knowledge of Child Development and Learning in Context, NAEYC