Educators

Pre-K Policies and Resources

Statement on Positive Behavior Guidance in Pre-K for All and EarlyLearn NYC Programs



In Pre-K for All programs, children’s behavior should be guided in a positive way as part of the developmentally appropriate instruction taking place throughout the program. The Statement on Positive Behavior Guidance in Pre-K for All and EarlyLearn NYC Programs introduces an important update to DOE and ACS policy, prohibiting expulsion and suspension across all pre-K settings and EarlyLearn NYC programs, and outlines the pro-active measures, positive reinforcements, and responsive strategies that programs are expected to use to establish strong relationships with families and a positive learning climate for children. This policy is applicable to pre-K programs across district schools, NYC Early Education Centers (including charter schools), EarlyLearn NYC providers, and DOE Pre-K Centers. 

2015-2016 Pre-K Suggested Staggered Schedule

The DECE Staggered Schedule guidance document for the start of the school year provides samples of how to stagger pre-k programs in September 2015.  Individual schools should make adjustments as necessary to meet the needs of their students, families, and staff.  

Universal Pre-Kindergarten Nap/Rest Policy

The Division of Early Childhood Education (DECE) recommends that all programs serving pre-k age students provide a regularly scheduled nap or rest time for students who will attend the program for more than four hours per day. The Nap/Rest Policy outlines how to structure and staff the nap/rest time.


Toileting Guidelines and Resources

The Toileting Guidelines and Resources assists you in helping children learn how to go to the bathroom successfully and independently. Children cannot be denied entry to or removed from any pre-kindergarten program if they have not yet mastered all of their developmental milestones, including toileting.

Lice Policy

Public school lice policy

CBECC lice policy 

Teacher Guide to Parent-Teacher Conferences

An ideal parent-teacher conference is a conversation between you and your student’s parent about the child’s progress at school. Conferences supplement the casual, daily conversations that you have with families by providing more comprehensive information about children’s progress and allowing time for deep conversation. The Teacher Guide to Parent Teacher Conferences prepares you for the important time you have with famlies.  

Federal Requirements for Schools Participating in the National School Lunch Program and/or School Breakfast Program

Veiw the New York State Education Department memorandum about half-day pre-k and kindergarten scheduled meal service.



CLASS

The Classroom Assessment Scoring System (CLASS) is an observational tool that provides a common lens and language focused on classroom interactions that research shows support student learning. The DECE uses the CLASS to measure the extent to which Pre-K for All programs are successfully implementing the practices outlined in the Program Quality Standards related to the interactions between teachers and children in pre-K programs across the city. The CLASS tool is used widely in school districts across the country, and there is a consistent relationship between CLASS scores and a wide range of child development outcomes. During the 2015-2016 school year, the DECE will conduct CLASS assessments in NYCEECs that have not been assessed with this tool, and will begin conducting assessments with the tool in district schools. For answers to Frequently Asked Questions, please click here.



ECERS-R

The Early Childhood Environment Rating Scale - Revised is an observational tool used to assess early childhood learning environments. The DECE uses the ECERS-R to measure the extent to which programs are successful at reaching Program Quality Standards related to the physical learning environment, health and safety, positive classroom culture, and engaging in meaningful activity. The ECERS-R tool is used widely in early childhood settings across the country, and there is a consistent relationship between ECERS-R scores and a wide range of child development outcomes. During the 2015-2016 school year, the DECE will conduct ECERS-R assessments in Pre-K for All programs that are offering Pre-K for the first time or have not had an ECERS-R assessment since the 2012-2013 school year. For answers to Frequently Asked Questions, please click here.