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NAEYC Resources for Best Practices
Supporting optimal environments for all children in all settings helps grow healthy, school ready children. Faith based communities have a part to play in supporting children’s readiness for school and NAEYC can help! The National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) is the leading national organization promoting excellence early childhood education. Visit their site here to see all of the services, guidelines, publications and programs offered. The Accreditation process and resources are listed here. Articles in their magazine, Young Children, occasionally address questions of an ethical and faith-based nature. Listed below are a few linked examples of “Focus on Ethics” articles looking at the complex issue of faith in the early childhood setting:
NAEYC also has developed a wide variety of Position Statements and Standards which flush out best practices and quality guidelines for programs serving young children. Listed below are a few examples of the Position Statements which can enrich and inform faith based program environments:
Developmentally Appropriate Practice (DAP) is a best practice! Read more about what developmentally appropriate practice is and why it works, here. When utilized in programs serving young children, DAP helps the child’s experience in the program be more relevant and engaging. Try incorporating it today!
Ethical Conduct is of concern for all early childhood programs. Visit this page to learn more about NAEYC’s position papers on ethical conduct.
Linguistic and Cultural Diversity is the norm in Santa Clara County! Read NAEYC’s position paper here to learn more about how to honor and embrace the rich tapestry that makes up our community.
First Lady Michelle Obama’s signature program Let's Move! invites all of us to work together to combat the childhood obesity epidemic. We all have a part to play – community leaders, child care operators, after school programs, faith based programs, municipalities, public, private and charter schools, museums, gardens, Native American tribes and organizations, health care professionals, and of course, parents and family members! Go to www.letsmove.gov to see how you can sign on to help bring positive change to your community. There are a lot of great resources on this site, including:
- Information about the campaign
- Childhood obesity facts find out why this is such a growing problem
- Eat Healthy guidelines and best practices – even a sample 7 day menu!
- Get Active with physical activity ideas for all adults involved in kid’s lives
- Take Action step by step plans
- Join Us and take the pledge
Early Learning Transition Model ~ Generously funded by the Heising-Simons Foundation 2012-2013