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HQPG Program Practices

November 3, 2020

This training is on High-Quality Program Practices: Curriculum, Environment, and Child Assessment.

The Program Guidelines for High-Quality Early Education: Birth through Kindergarten (HQPG) provide guidance by delineating quality and providing a set of indicators that concretely describe what an early childhood program will look like when providing high-quality early care and education for children through age six. This training covers Program Guideline 3.0 Program Practices: Curriculum, Environment, and Child Assessment. In this training, participants will learn how to incorporate high-quality learning environments, on-going assessment methods, and intentionally planned activities aligned with goals for children’s knowledge and skills.

Registration Ends: November 3, 2020

NAEYC defines curriculum as “…the goals for the knowledge and skills to be acquired by children and the plans for learning experiences through which such knowledge and skills will be achieved” (NAEYC, 2003). A high-quality early education program recognizes and understands how children’s goals for learning are framed within the context of learning standards and aligns planning of activities and design of the environment to stimulate children’s learning across content areas (social-emotional, language and literacy, mathematics, science, social studies, physical development, and health and fine arts). In high-quality programs, instructors place as much emphasis on the process of learning as they do on the content and capitalize on children’s natural curiosity to promote language, thinking, and problem-solving. Effective early education programs provide a wide variety of planned experiences within an intentionally designed environment that enable children to learn through interaction, exploration, manipulation, and self-discovery. Research clearly demonstrates that children learn more in programs where there is a well planned and implemented curriculum (Landry 2007). Therefore, it is essential for every early childhood setting – school, center, family child-care home, tribal, military, and faith-based programs – to have a high-quality curriculum which incorporates thoughtful planning and design.

This 4-hour training will be presented virtually.

** To receive credit for this training, you will need to register for the event and attend the entire session. After registering, you will receive an email confirmation with a link to join the meeting via Microsoft Teams.**