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included with the activity information. This information will also assist you in evaluat-
ing your infant program. A sample daily schedule for infants is included.
The word toddler is used throughout the curriculum to refer to children ages eighteen
to thirty-six months. Children this age generally have limitless energy as well as an
enormous amount of curiosity, and they are often fearless. The toddler activities
provide general information about toddler development while incorporating physi-
cal and motor, cognitive, communication and language, and social and emotional
Information will allow you to understand the expected outcomes for each activ-
ity. The curriculum also includes information that will assist you in evaluating your
toddler program. A sample daily schedule of activities is included.
For children to progress and to begin school ready for formal instruction, thoughtful
preparation must occur on the part of the early childhood professionals. Family child
care providers are certainly not exempt from this responsibility. The preschool activi-
ties for children ages thirty-six to sixty months include general development informa-
tion in addition to developmental goals covering the learning domains.
Establishing a formal preschool environment within a family child care setting
is not always possible. The curriculum provides information about how to create a
viable preschool area in your home while incorporating age-appropriate activities and
achieving expected outcomes. Suggestions for forming collaborative partnerships with
parents and community resources to allow preschool children a smooth transition
from child care to a more structured school setting and a sample daily schedule for
preschool care are included.
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