Early Childhood Resources
The EC Cabinet has recently updated the GUIDING PRINCIPLES for EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION to reflect the evolving 'best practices' identified through current research. This document is an excellent resource for staff development and includes the PSD Code of Ethics that clearly states the expectations we consider essential in Lutheran Early Childhood centers.
"AGES and STAGES"
Newly reformatted EC Synod resource is now available!
Ages and Stages - outlining the typical development of young children, is now available to our Early Childhood educators here in the PSD. The original resource was developed by the Department of Child Services – Board for Congregational Services and was highly regarded as an effective ‘tool’ for planning curriculum and specific activities to further the development of young children. In addition to outlining typical development for each age group (2’s, 3’s, 4’s, 5’s and 6-7’s), the documents also include suggestions for specific activities and an assessment checklist. You may access the complete set of documents below.
Social Media Policy For EC Centers
The PSD EC Cabinet has approved a Social Media Policy for our EC centers. This expanded policy sets forth ‘best practices’ in the use of social media in the early childhood setting to protect children and parents’ rights as well as the integrity of the center itself. Portions of the statement reflect recent changes in California Licensing regulations and interpretations regarding teacher’s use of cellphones in the classroom as a ‘lack of appropriate supervision’. The Cabinet strongly encourages all our EC centers to review and include this policy statement in your staff handbooks. The link is a writable PDF. Once you download the document, you will be able to add your school information before you print or re-save the document.
Click on the words above to be directed to the ECE Marketing Campaign
Last spring, we partnered with Professor Carolyn Shiery from Concordia University Irvine to come up with effective marketing materials for our early childhood centers. She and her team of students have prepared for us a beautiful logo; PSD early childhood brand “Lutheran Preschools: Growing Minds and Kind Hearts”; marketing materials including a video, brochure, and postcards; and a sample of a future survey that each center can customize for their school at no cost. Feel free to download and use them as resources for your center. We pray that these resources will be a blessing for your ministry for years to come!