California Frameworks & Foundations, DRDP
The Desired Results Assessment System, called the Desired Results Developmental Program (DRDP) is the checklist of outcomes that providers should work towards for each child. Learn more in this DRDP slideshow.
California Learning Foundations
- Preschool Learning Foundations (with age breaks at 48 months and at 60 months)
- Infant/Toddler Learning and Development Foundations.
Play & Purposeful Teaching
California Infant/Toddler Learning & Development Foundations
- Social-emotional development
- Language development
- Cognitive development
- Perceptual and motor development
California Preschool Foundations
The California Preschool Learning Foundations are presented in three volumes, covering a total of nine domains:
- Social-Emotional Development
- Language and Literacy
- English-Language Development (for English learners) and Mathematics
- Visual and Performing Arts
- Physical Development
- History–social Science
- Self, which includes self-awareness and self-regulation, social and emotional understanding, empathy and caring, and initiative in learning.
- Social Interaction, which focuses on interactions with familiar adults, interactions with peers, group participation, and cooperation and responsibility.
- Relationships, which addresses attachments to parents, close relationships with teachers and caregivers, and friendships.
- Teachers can foster early learning by thoughtfully considering the Learning Foundations in the planning of environments and activities.
- During every step in planning, teachers have an opportunity to tap into the prominent role of play, supporting young children both by encouraging the rich learning that occurs in children’s self-initiated play and by introducing purposeful instructional activities that playfully engage young children in learning.
For more information, visit the California Department of Education website here.
Universal Pre-K in California
Los Angeles county offers a separate universal pre-K program known as the Los Angeles Universal Preschool program. It’s for 4-year-old children, regardless of parental income.
San Francisco also offers a part-time universal pre-K for all 4-year-olds in some communities. Check out the Office of Early Care and Education or information on child care programs, services and subsidies.
QRIS in California
- Assesses program quality
- Aligns program standards with early learning and practitioner standards
- Supports continuous quality improvement for participating programs and their staff
- Provides families with information about program quality to assist them in making informed choices