At KCDC, our educators make intentional decisions to support the learning and growth of each child. Decisions are informed by ongoing measurement of children’s development and progress toward developmental milestones and mastery of grade-level standards. Our decisions are also based in the guiding principles of the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) and the National Center on the Universal Design for Learning (UDL).
National Association for the Education of Young Children
The National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) is a professional association for the early childhood field that connects early childhood practice, policy and research in order to promote high-quality learning for all children, birth through age 8, and to achieve the vision “that all young children thrive and learn in a society dedicated to ensuring they reach their full potential” (NAEYC, http://www.naeyc.org). This year, KCDC is undergoing the process of NAEYC accreditation, which is the gold standard for early childhood programs nationally.
Universal Design for Learning (UDL)
“The Universal Design for Learning (UDL) is a set of principles for curriculum development that give all individuals equal opportunities to learn. UDL provides a blueprint for creating instructional goals, methods, materials, and assessments that work for everyone – not a single, one-size-fits-all solution but rather flexible approaches that can be customized and adjusted for individual needs” (National Center on Universal Design for Learning, www.udlcenter.org). The principles of UDL are based on neuroscience research and on how children learn.