Educators

Pre-K Policies and Resources

2014-2015 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 2014.  Individual schools should make adjustments as necessary to meet the needs of their students, families, and staff. 

Behavior Management

Children in EarlyLearnNYC and Universal Pre-Kindergarten programs may not be expelled or suspended for behavioral reasons without written approval from New York City Administration for Children's Services (ASC) or the New York City Department of Education (DOE). The Behavior Management Statement  provides guidance for proactive behavior management supports, responses to challenging behavior, and additional resources.  

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 

Introduction to Universal Pre-Kindergarten Program Assessments

The Introduction to Universal Pre-Kindergarten Program Assessments includes and summary of the Early Childhood Environmental Rating Scale-Revised (ECERS-R) and more information on pre-k program evaluations, results and FAQs.

Classroom Assessment Scoring System (CLASS)

In the 2011-2012 school year, DECE piloted measures of child-teacher interactions using the Classroom Assessment Scoring System (CLASS). In the spring of 2013, DECE continued to build on the pilot by using CLASS to assess a sample of pre-k programs. For more information, veiw the CLASS Frequently Asked Questions.

Quality Review

The Quality Review (QR) was developed to assist DOE schools in raising student achievement. The process is designed to look behind a school's performance statistics to ensure that the school is engaged in effective methods of accelerating student learning. As a result, the QR focuses on the coherence of a school's systems, measuring how well it is organized to meet the needs of its students and adults, as well as monitor and improve its instructional and assessment practices.

QUALITYstarsNY

New York State has developed QUALITYstarsNY to support the efforts of early care and learning programs, improve the quality of their services, and inform parents. The Quality Review assesses the overall quality of a school or program. It looks at factors within the classroom (e.g., level of questioning, student engagement) as well as outside (e.g., teacher collaboration, family involvement, use of resources) to measure how well a site is organized to meet the needs of its students. There is a holistic Quality Review Rubric associated with each indicator.


The Quality startsNY and Quality Review Connections is designed to show school leaders the connection between the QUALITYstarsNY program standards and the Quality Review rubric. It can be used to guide planning and school improvement efforts. It also highlights the sections of the QUALITYstarsNY program standards for which public school receive automatic points due to central operations and human resources processes. It is not designed to be used as a checklist for the Quality Review; having copies of the documentation listed below does not necessarily mean that a school is proficient on the Quality Review.

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.