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Toddler Room Goals

Relationships

  • To form authentic and meaningful relationships in the classroom, between teachers, children, and families
  • To teach, model, and encourage positive conflict management
  • For every person in the classroom to be respected as an individual, for their differences, strengths, abilities, and areas for growth

Curriculum

  • To develop curriculum that is child-initiated, based on their interests, skills, and changing levels of development
  • For curriculum to be rich, and all-encompassing of all areas of development and content areas
  • For experiences to incorporate two or more areas of development/content areas for learning
  • For materials to be a balanced combination of open-ended and single-purpose

Assessment of Child Progress

  • To make children’s learning visible via an array of documentation methods including: art displays, photography, and “Documentation Panels”
  • To maintain an ongoing Developmental Portfolio for each child, to include photographs and work samples that accurately depict that child’s developmental abilities, strengths, and areas for growth
  • For staff to collaborate in writing Developmental Progress Notes – bi-annual narratives of each child’s progress in all areas of development
  • In addition to observations and work sample collection, each child is screened using a developmental assessment tool from Ages and Stages Questionnaire (ASQ) which is completed along with the bi-annual DPN.
  • To maintain close contact with families via conversation and daily journal entries, which highlight children’s individual progress
  • Health
  • For the classroom to be safe while being appropriately challenging
  • To maintain a clean and healthy environment
  • To utilize routines, curriculum, and conversation to promote children’s learning about nutrition, safety, and health
  • To provide opportunities for children do healthy practices including but not limited to hand-washing, brushing teeth, sleeping, and exercising

Teachers

  • To engage in reflective practices
  • To maintain the necessary criteria for professional development, credentialing, and continuing education by attending workshops, taking classes, etc
  • To be actively involved in Early Childhood leadership experiences, such as sharing knowledge between colleagues
  • To model professionalism

Families

  • To help families feel welcomed and have a sense of belonging within the classroom and the program as a whole
  • To incorporate family’s unique home cultures and languages into the daily experiences of the classroom’s community
  • To nurture trusting relationships where differences are valued as opportunities for learning & growth

Community Relationships

  • To be knowledgeable about community resources that effect or that may be of use to the children and families in our care
  • To be actively involved in community events that effect the children and families in our care, as well as in greater society
  • To make use of the NHTI campus and its resources, including but not limited to: participating in campus events, utilizing the grounds, sharing our research and findings with members of the NHTI community, working collaboratively with students

Physical Environment

  • For the environment to promote independence and child-initiated learning
  • For the classroom environment to be warm, homelike, and overall aesthetically pleasing
  • For the physical environment to be an intentional combination of hard & soft areas, bright & dim lighting, loud & quiet times
  • To incorporate elements from the natural world
  • To utilize our outdoor space as often and as intentionally as possible

Leadership & Management

  • To work in a team-approach for providing consistent and varied experiences for all children
  • To model “Best Practices” in the early care and education profession
  • To create an organizational climate of mutual respect and unity
  • To strive toward the bigger visions and missions of CFDC, NHTI, and CCSNH

Child and Family Development Center
31 College Drive
Concord, NH 03301-7412
(603) 230-4024
Fax: (603) 230-9311
nhticfdc@ccsnh.edu