Posted on 09/21/2017 at 08:15 AM by Blog Experts

Let’s look at some of the required criteria in Iowa’s Quality Preschool Program Standards that all districts will need to provide evidence for starting next year when completing the Preschool Desk Audit Part 2.  Let’s also look at what can be provided to demonstrate preschool classrooms meet that criteria.

2.13 Children have varied opportunities to

  1. Be read books in an engaging manner in group or individualized settings at least twice a day in full-day programs and at least once daily in half-day programs.
  2. Be read to regularly in individualized ways including one-to-one or in small group of two to six children.
  3. Explore books on their own and have places that are conducive to the quiet enjoyment of books.
  4. Have access to various types of books including storybooks, factual books, books with rhymes, alphabet books, and wordless books.
  5. Be read the same book on repeated occasions.
  6. Retell and reenact events in storybooks.
  7. Engage in conversations that help them understand the content of the book.
  8. Be assisted in linking books to other aspects of the curriculum.
  9. Identify the parts of books and differentiated print from pictures.

Are you able to provide at least 2 pieces of documentation to support that you do each of these items regularly?  Lesson plans, daily schedules, photos, videos, materials lists, etc. are options for documentation that Statewide Voluntary Preschool Programs should start gathering to demonstrate they meet this criterion.

2.16 Children are provided varied opportunities and materials to build an understanding of numbers, number names, and their relationship to object quantities and to symbols.

Are you able to provide at least 2 pieces of documentation to support that you address each of these components regularly?  Lesson plans, photos, videos, materials lists, etc. are options for documentation that Statewide Voluntary Preschool Programs should start gathering to demonstrate they meet this criterion.

4.9 Families have ongoing opportunities to share the results of observations from home to contribute to the assessment process

Statewide Voluntary Preschool Programs should start gathering evidence that they meet this criteria, as at least 2 pieces of documentation will need to be submitted.  Documentation that families contribute information regarding their child’s development in Family Central in GOLD online would be evidence you meet this criterion; as would be completed family surveys gathered during home visits that show family-perceived strengths, interests, needs and behaviors for their child.  Other evidence might be completed and signed Family Conference Forms that demonstrate family goals are honored and discussed.

5.2 At least one staff member who has a certificate showing satisfactory completion of pediatric first-aid training and satisfactory completion of pediatric CPR is always present with each class of children.

Hopefully you have a policy stating that this is required, but that alone will not be sufficient evidence.  You will want to present copies of valid and current certificates for teachers and paras from approved agencies.  It is recommended that all staff within classrooms get these certifications so that you are covered when there is staff absences.  Make sure the training and certificates are pediatric specific.

9.1 A variety of age and developmentally appropriate materials and equipment are available indoors and outdoors for children throughout the day.  This equipment includes

  1. Dramatic play equipment;
  2. Sensory materials such as sand, water, playdough, paint, and blocks;
  3. Materials that support curriculum goals and objectives in literacy, math, science, social studies, and other content areas; and,
  4. Gross motor equipment for activities such as pulling up; walking; climbing in, on and over; moving through, around, and under; pushing; pulling; and riding.

Evidence, including at least 2 pieces of documentation, for each of these components will need to be submitted to exemplify how this criterion is being met for both the indoor and outdoor environment.  Pictures, videos, lists of materials and lesson plans can demonstrate that the children in your classroom have these opportunities.   

If you’re a Statewide Voluntary Preschool Program, it’s time to start gathering evidence of meeting these criteria.  These IQPPS Foundations Videos can aid in your understanding of them.

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