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Accreditation Strand #7
Early Childhood

Child Development and Learning

  1. The early childhood school program addresses all domains of child development and learning, including spiritual, intellectual, social, emotional and physical growth. The curriculum, teaching strategies, and environment reflect research-based knowledge about the way children develop and learn. The school provides a safe, positive learning environment in which children can experience the wonder of God’s world through developmentally appropriate activities.

    Early childhood programs that are exempt from licensing under FS402.316 shall be subject to these standards.


    1. The Early Childhood Program successfully demonstrates compliance with the Early Childhood Health and Safety Standards as evidenced by an up-to-date inspection by CSF using the EC-1 Checklist or by regular state inspections for schools operating in home-rule counties, state-licensed schools, or school participating in School Readiness.

      Explanatory Standards 7.1.1–6: Early Childhood Program Complies with Health and Safety Standards

      Suggested artifacts (should comply with Explanatory Standards 7.1.1–6) Copy of Annual Notarized Substantial Compliance Statement Evidence of HSS inspection by CSF, or by state if licensed, or by county if home-ruled
    2. The Early Childhood Program, in implementing the curriculum, utilizes developmentally-appropriate practices which address each individual child’s spiritual, social, emotional, physical, and academic growth.

      ES 7.2.1–2: Early Childhood Program Utilizes Developmentally-Appropriate Practices

      Suggested artifacts (should comply with Explanatory Standards 7.2.1–2) Early Childhood Curriculum Guide for each age level Samples of class- and grade-level Lesson Plans Discipline Policy & Practices
    3. The Early Childhood Program ensures that the children’s progress is measured through the use of a variety of developmentally-appropriate assessment techniques and reported with supporting documentation.

      ES 7.3.1–6: Early Childhood Program Uses Developmentally-Appropriate Assessment

      Suggested artifacts (should comply with Explanatory Standards 7.3.1–6) Samples of continuous student assessment Written observations by trained staff Samples of children’s writing and art projects Checklist of developmental levels and behaviors Individual portfolios Results of screenings
    4. The Early Childhood Program initiates, develops, and maintains a partnership with parents through an ongoing system of communication including conferences, parent involvement, training, and referrals to community resources.

      ES 7.4.1–8: Early Childhood Program Partners and Communicates with Parents

      Suggested artifacts (should comply with Explanatory Standards 7.4.1–8) Parent/Student Handbook Evidence of school information management system Copy of daily, weekly and monthly communiques/newsletters Evidence of parent/teacher conferences Evidence of parent training programs Evidence of use of community services & resources Early Childhood stakeholder survey

November 2011
Last Edited January 18th, 2038

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