Write an essay that describes your understanding of the NAEYC Standards for Early Childhood Teachers.. Define each standard in your own words and provide specific examples that demonstrate your knowledge.
STANDARD 1. PROMOTING CHILD DEVELOPMENT AND LEARNING
Candidates prepared in early childhood degree programs are grounded in a child development
knowledge base. They use their understanding of young children’s characteristics and needs, and
of multiple interacting influences on children’s development and learning, to create
environments that are healthy, respectful, supportive, and challenging for each child.
Key elements of Standard 1
1a: Knowing and understanding young children’s characteristics and needs, from birth through
1b: Knowing and understanding the multiple influences on early development and learning
1c: Using developmental knowledge to create healthy, respectful, supportive, and challenging
learning environments for young children
STANDARD 2. BUILDING FAMILY AND COMMUNITY RELATIONSHIPS
Candidates prepared in early childhood degree programs understand that successful early
childhood education depends upon partnerships with children’s families and communities. They
know about, understand, and value the importance and complex characteristics of children’s
families and communities. They use this understanding to create respectful, reciprocal
relationships that support and empower families, and to involve all families in their children’s
development and learning.
Key elements of Standard 2
2a: Knowing about and understanding diverse family and community characteristics
2b: Supporting and engaging families and communities through respectful, reciprocal
2c: Involving families and communities in young children’s development and learning
STANDARD 3. OBSERVING, DOCUMENTING, AND ASSESSING TO SUPPORT YOUNG
CHILDREN AND FAMILIES
Candidates prepared in early childhood degree programs understand that child observation,
documentation, and other forms of assessment are central to the practice of all early childhood
professionals. They know about and understand the goals, benefits, and uses of assessment. They
know about and use systematic observations, documentation, and other effective assessment
strategies in a responsible way, in partnership with families and other professionals, to positively
influence the development of every child.
Key elements of Standard 3
3a: Understanding the goals, benefits, and uses of assessment – including its use in development
of appropriate goals, curriculum, and teaching strategies for young children
3b: Knowing about and using observation, documentation, and other appropriate assessment
tools and approaches, including the use of technology in documentation, assessment and data
3c: Understanding and practicing responsible assessment to promote positive outcomes for each
child, including the use of assistive technology for children with disabilities.
3d: Knowing about assessment partnerships with families and with professional colleagues to
build effective learning environments.
STANDARD 4. USING DEVELOPMENTALLY EFFECTIVE APPROACHES
Candidates prepared in early childhood degree programs understand that teaching and learning
with young children is a complex enterprise, and its details vary depending on children’s ages,
characteristics, and the settings within which teaching and learning occur. They understand and
use positive relationships and supportive interactions as the foundation for their work with
young children and families. Candidates know, understand, and use a wide array of
developmentally appropriate approaches, instructional strategies, and tools to connect with
children and families and positively influence each child’s development and learning.
Key elements of Standard 4
4a: Understanding positive relationships and supportive interactions as the foundation of their
work with young children
4b: Knowing and understanding effective strategies and tools for early education, including
appropriate uses of technology
4c: Using a broad repertoire of developmentally appropriate teaching /learning approaches
4d: Reflecting on own practice to promote positive outcomes for each child
STANDARD 5. USING CONTENT KNOWLEDGE TO BUILD MEANINGFUL CURRICULUM
Candidates prepared in early childhood degree programs use their knowledge of academic
disciplines to design, implement, and evaluate experiences that promote positive development
and learning for each and every young child. Candidates understand the importance of
developmental domains and academic (or content) disciplines in early childhood curriculum.
They know the essential concepts, inquiry tools, and structure of content areas, including
academic subjects, and can identify resources to deepen their understanding. Candidates use
their own knowledge and other resources to design, implement, and evaluate meaningful,
challenging curriculum that promotes comprehensive developmental and learning outcomes for
every young child.
Key elements of Standard 5
5a: Understanding content knowledge and resources in academic disciplines: language and
literacy; the arts – music, creative movement, dance, drama, visual arts; mathematics; science,
physical activity, physical education, health and safety; and social studies.
5b: Knowing and using the central concepts, inquiry tools, and structures of content areas or
5c: Using own knowledge, appropriate early learning standards, and other resources to design,
implement, and evaluate developmentally meaningful and challenging curriculum for each child.
STANDARD 6. BECOMING A PROFESSIONAL
Candidates prepared in early childhood degree programs identify and conduct themselves as
members of the early childhood profession. They know and use ethical guidelines and other
professional standards related to early childhood practice. They are continuous, collaborative
learners who demonstrate knowledgeable, reflective and critical perspectives on their work,
making informed decisions that integrate knowledge from a variety of sources. They are
informed advocates for sound educational practices and policies.
Key elements of Standard 6
6a: Identifying and involving oneself with the early childhood field
6b: Knowing about and upholding ethical standards and other early childhood professional
6c: Engaging in continuous, collaborative learning to inform practice; using technology
effectively with young children, with peers, and as a professional resource.
6d: Integrating knowledgeable, reflective, and critical perspectives on early education
6e: Engaging in informed advocacy for young children and the early childhood profession
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