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Infant/Toddler Learning and Development Foundations
Infant/Toddler Curriculum Framework

Preschool Learning Foundations
Preschool Curriculum Frameworks

Preschool Program Guidelines

The Alignment of the California Preschool Learning Foundations with Key Early Education Resources

California Early Childhood Educator (ECE) Competencies

  • California Early Childhood Educator (ECE) Competencies
    The California Early Childhood Educator Competencies describe the knowledge, skills and dispositions that early childhood educators need in order to provide high quality care and education to young children and their families. The ECE Competencies are aligned with the California Preschool Learning Foundations and the California Infant/Toddler Learning & Development Foundations to guide professional development and related quality improvement activities.

    • The California Early Childhood Education (ECE) Competencies (ISBN 978-0-8011-1719-0) can be purchased from CDE Press by calling the toll-free number at 1-800-995-4099. The price of the publication is $26.40.
    • The Early Childhood Educator Competencies Self-Assessment Toolkit (ECE CompSAT) is an additional professional development resource for the early childhood education field to use for self-reflection about their knowledge, skills, and dispositions and to assist with the development of professional growth plans by identifying the competencies needed for effective, high-quality early education practice.

Family Child Care Resources

  • Guidelines for Early Learning in Child Care Home Settings (PDF; 17MB)
    Recognizing the importance of home-based child care settings in today's society, this adaptation of the Prekindergarten Learning and Development Guidelines provides guidance to help home-based child care providers offer high-quality early care and learning experiences to the children and families they serve. The book covers topics such as the roles and relationships involved in home-based child care; how to create safe, inclusive environments that foster early learning and development; ideas for implementing appropriate curriculum; professional development for home-based providers; and things to consider when infants and toddlers receive care in mixed-age group settings.

Infant/Toddler Resources

Parent Resources

  • Care About Quality: Your Guide to Child Care
    This resource guide was published by the California Department of Education in 2000 to provide parents and family seeking child care with key indicators of quality child care settings, information on the types of child care available, and tips for interviewing potential child care providers.

Preschool Resources

Other Early Education and Support Division Publications

  • California Comprehensive Early Learning Plan (PDF; 7MB)
    California's Comprehensive Early Learning Plan (CCELP) provides key direction for the State in the development of a high-quality birth-to-age-five system that provides all children with the knowledge and skills they need to achieve long-term success.
  • First Class – A Guide for Early Primary Education (PDF; 14MB)
    A Preschool-Kindergarten-First Grade guide for early primary education, published by the California Department of Education in 1999.
  • Inclusion Works! Creating Child Care Programs That Promote Belonging for Children with Special Needs (PDF; 9MB)
    This handbook for providers of child care programs gives guidance and resources on specific ways to include young children who have disabilities or special needs. Suggestions for ways to adapt the environment are provided, along with examples of inclusive strategies. A glossary and appendixes make this handbook a practical tool for care providers.

    • Inclusion Works! Creating Child Care Programs That Promote Belonging for Children with Special Needs (ISBN 978-0-8011-1689-6) can be purchased from CDE Press by calling the toll-free number at 1-800-995-4099, or by ordering through the CDE Press Catalog Listings of Publications (Item Number 001689). The price of the publication is $21.95.

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