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An effective blueprint for early childhood will be a flexible and adaptive document that changes as new knowledge is gleaned through experience and practice.

When building your district’s blueprint, don’t be shy about borrowing practices from other districts that have proven results.

Impact Areas

Without success in these four impact areas, most early childhood blueprints will fall short of their stated goals. These areas represent the foundation of any good blueprint for early childhood, and without them, it will be difficult to succeed.

  1. Healthy Development
  2. Strong Families
  3. Early Learning
  4. Unity of past and current work projects that are collaborative in nature

Early childhood requires parental and familial cooperation and without a strong and healthy family, it can be difficult if not impossible for a young child to adapt to school life. When there is a strong family unit, the task of early childhood education becomes that much more attainable.

Let’s dive in a little deeper:

1. Healthy Development

Early childhood is one of the most measured development stages for children: from their first steps to first words, there are a lot of milestones that provide guideposts to measure healthy development. When you are working with a number of students and not on an individual basis, it’s imperative to remember that these guideposts are merely developmental targets and that every child develops at their own pace.

2. Strong Families

A strong family unit, however that is defined, is integral to a healthy childhood. If a family is chaotic or dysfunctional, it can have a negative impact on early childhood development. A well thought out blueprint for early childhood will include a module for helping the family build a more cohesive and supportive unit. When children feel safe and loved it helps their development, while the inverse is also true and a chaotic environment can have a negative effect on their growth and development.

3. Early Learning

Early learning that is age-appropriate is another key component to healthy and robust early childhood development. It is always a good idea to start education as early as possible. School districts that have the means should offer pre-school and a full-day kindergarten. These two steps will make a significant difference in the overall success of the children in your district.

Make sure that the curriculum is age-appropriate and that it is reviewed in real-time for effectiveness. If your school district is unable to provide early childhood education, reach out to local churches or other non-profits to see if there is an opportunity to work together to better serve the community’s education needs.

4. Unity of past and current work projects that are collaborative in nature

Every good blueprint is team supported. When the group is able to pull from past experiences in order to inform the present realities, the outcomes can be quite exciting. In order to achieve this, make sure that as many factions as possible are involved in the writing of the blueprint. This will allow different perspectives and viewpoints to be considered as the document is created. Without a collaborative mindset from the start, it will be difficult to instill unity and collaboration.

Educators who have been in the game for a while can share their experiences with newer teachers who may not have a lot of experience but do bring a lot of passion and energy. It is important that everyone’s contributions are recognized and valued, and that the group is willing to learn from one another.

A Blueprint for Early Childhood

Planning a successful blueprint for childhood is a must for every school district. While making this document be sure to gather input from not only educators and parents, but also health care professionals and administrators in the local community. Make sure to revisit the blueprint on a regular basis to examine what aspects are working well and which require further attention. When you have a collaborative team, the work becomes that much more impactful and the results in your early childhood programs will be impressive.

These tips for creating a successful blueprint for early childhood are just the beginning. Work together to build an educational modality that works well for the specific education needs of your school district and community.

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