Promoting  Developmentally Appropriate Practice

CESA 6, through an IDEA Discretionary Grant provides professional development, consultation and materials support to the 42 districts in CESA 6 with links to regional and statewide initiatives and services.

As CESA 6 communities and districts determine a formula for providing high quality early care and education, they come to understand that early childhood education is not a one size fits all solution. As we work in collaboration with communities, public understanding has grown tremendously over the last few years regarding the importance and economic value of giving all children a strong foundation.

  • Increasing cognitive abilities and achievement
  • Improving social behavior
  • Increasing educational attainment
  •  Increasing employment, earnings and tax revenue

Through improved teaching and learning focused on professional preparation, research and resources, preschool teachers working in recommended class size classrooms with reasonable teacher child ratios, strong supervision, and high standards and accountability can guarantee high quality early learning for every child.

Best practice for early learners includes understanding and implementation of the Wisconsin Model Early Learning Standards (birth through age 5) by early care and education providers and can be downloaded from a PDF format at: Guiding Principles used to develop and implement the Early Learning Standards in Wisconsin state that:

   •  All children are capable and competent
  •  A child’s early learning and development is multidimensional
  •  Expectations for children must be guided by knowledge of child growth and development
  •  Children are individuals who develop at various rates
  •  Children are members of cultural groups that share developmental patterns
  •  Children exhibit a range of skills and competencies within any domain of development
  •  Children learn through play and the active exploration of their environment
  •  Parents are children’s primary and most important caregivers and educators

The developmental domains that provide a basis for developing learning experiences for young children include: Health and Physical Development; Social and Emotional Cognition and General Knowledge; Language Development and Communication; and Approaches to Learning.

CESA 6 also provides support for districts completing the Child Outcomes Summary. The summary reports on the child and their behavior in a variety of settings and situations in his or her life. The report must include the extent to which the child displays behaviors and skills expected for his or her age for each of the three-child outcome areas. The outcomes reflect several beliefs about young children:

  •  It is important that all children be successful participants in a variety of setting both now and in the future. Achieving the outcomes is key to being successful participants.
  •  Programs for young children and their families are working to ensure that all children will have the best possible chance of succeeding in kindergarten and later in school –even though school might be several years off for some children. Children who have achieved the outcomes prior to kindergarten entry have a high probability of being successful in kindergarten.
  •  Learning and development occur continuously in the years preceding kindergarten. There is much variation in how children develop but children whose development is consistently below what is expected for their age are at risk of not being successful in kindergarten and later school years.
  •  For many children, the Summary questions will be answered more than once.
   •  The hope is that, with time, many children will show good progress and achieve a higher rating. The goal of high quality early childhood services is to help children develop and learn to the best of their abilities. For many children, good services will help them get a higher answer in the future.

Note: The outcomes summary was not designed to determine eligibility for services. It would be inappropriate to use it in this way.

For more information about this service contact:
Gail Cismoski
Early Learning Coordinator