Space and Furnishings

  • __Room arranged (1) to allow for several children to move and play freely in main centers (ie dramatic play and block play) and (2) so quiet centers and active centers are not next to each other.

  • __At least 5 interest centers organized for children independent use (i.e., labeled shelves, labeled containers, etc.)

  • __Space for privacy; more than one area set aside for one or two children to play; set aside as a "getaway" area and protected from intrusion by others (i.e., children are aware of no interruption rule, rule enforced by staff).

  • __Many child-related displays in room at child eye level.

  • __Most displays done by children vs. commercial displays; work is mostly individualized. (60% or more of display by or related to children in the class.)

  • __Most displays related to current theme and/or topics of interest within the last month.

  • __Most displays relate directly to children in room (i.e., photos of children, self-portraits, stories dictated by children, writing samples, etc.)

Personal Care Routines

  • __Each child and parent is greeted warmly by name.

  • __Pleasant social atmosphere and many conversations during meals.

  • __Food allergies/dietary restrictions posted in room (can be covered).

  • __Cots placed 3 feet apart or solid barrier; no bedding stored on stacked cots. (The sleeping surfaces of the cots/mats should be kept clean and not touching one another or the floor or the floor side of other children's sleeping surface. If mats are being turned inside to accomplish this, then children and mats must be carefully supervised by the staff. Only one cover is required for each child.)

  • __NO teacher coffee, soda, junk food visible or eaten in front of children.

  • __Milk offered as option to all & only healthy foods served during meals and snacks.

  • __Two step table washing process before snacks and meals. (1.)Washed with soap and water mixture to remove gross soil using a separate cloth or paper towel for each table and dried with separate towel or cloth; then (2.) sanitized with 1:10 bleach-water solution or other acceptable sanitizer ** using a clean paper towel each time. To allow bleach-water solution to do its job, it should be allowed to sit for at least 10 seconds (preferably longer) before wiping dry or allowing to air dry. **Clorox Wipes and Clorox Anywhere may be used as a sanitizer after tables have been washed with soap and water. However, the directions on the container must be followed.

  • __Children AND staff wash hands after toileting, after nose wiping, before meals, after outdoor play, after messy play, after animal handling, etc. (Also before placing serving gloves on)

  • __Bleach, Lysol, & ALL items labeled "Keep Out of Reach of Children" MUST BE LOCKED UP. Bleach & water solution (diluted) must be "out of reach" but does not have to be locked.

  • __Safety covers on unused outlets including power strips.

Language and Reasoning

  • __Enough books accessible at one time (at least 20-30 out for use & in good repair).

  • __Books out show variety from all categories (5+ per category): fantasy, fact, people, animals, science, literature, multicultural, etc. (Disney, Golden or similar books of low quality do not count)

  • __Books read both formally to group AND informally daily (must be observed reading to individuals (informally) during observation).

  • __Many communication activities: staff-child, child-child; conversation is encouraged, songs, finger plays, stories, etc.

  • __Staff talk with children about concepts, logical relationships, reasoning, problem solving DURING PLAY and ROUTINES.

  • __Staff add information and expand on ideas children have during children's play through conversations with children.

Activities: Art & Music

  • __Labeled shelves and labeled containers of materials to promote independence.

  • __Many art materials accessible (open shelves) to children. Easel open and ready with paint, brushes and paper.

  • __Much individual expression in art. (Children choose at least media or topic.)

  • __Opportunities provided for 3-D art activities; music/movement

  • __Music as free choice for 1 hour with enough musical instruments (for at least 8 students) and materials accessible for use (i.e., dance props, CD's, instruments). Note that CD's and dance props only count if there is music children can use with it.

Activities: Blocks

  • __Enough space, blocks and block accessories (i.e., people, vehicles, signs, tape measures, rulers, etc.) for 3 or more children to build sizable structures

  • __Organized, labeled block area for blocks and accessories.

  • __Two to three types of blocks (DO NOT count Legos or other fine motor builders; place these with manipulatives instead of blocks.)

Activities: Dramatic Play

  • __Many dramatic play materials accessible; organized and labeled

  • __Props and clothes for career, home, leisure, fantasy, cultures.

  • __Clothes AND accessories for male gender role play as well as female gender role play.
    *NOTE: If lice is a concern, it is not required that hats be one of the items.

Activities: Science and Nature

  • __4-5 collections of natural objects such as rocks, shells, acorns, pinecones, leaves, etc. (organized and labeled).

  • __Science center materials accessible daily varied and adequate from all categories.

  • __Live plants and/or fish (at least 3 living things) to care for.

  • __Science/nature books displayed and rotated.

  • __Evidence of science/nature activities: charts re: cooking, simple experiments, etc.

  • __Science and nature games and toys.

  • __Unplanned, informal conversations occur connecting everyday events to science in addition to planned activities.

Activities: Math and Number

  • __Many materials for math concepts and number (counting, number, shapes, measurements).

  • __Daily routine activities that promote math concepts and link math and number play to daily classroom activities.

Activities: Use of TV, Video & Computers

  • __Computer use limited to 20 minutes per child for the day. (Timer used for turns). NOTE: Children watching and waiting for a turn are considered at the computer.

  • __Videos and computer games are limited to those that support themes and are considered educational for children. (i.e., children and staff actively involved, no violent images, no feature length movies, Disney type movies, etc.)

Activities: Diversity

  • __Props, books, pictures and materials that show different ages, races, cultures, abilities in non-stereotypical roles (3 per category).

Activities: Sand and Water

  • __Sand table and water table must contain at least 3-4 inches.

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