Link to the Standards: http://www.naeyc.org/academy/standards/
Link to most current forms and other tools. Use these forms instead of the ones that come with your box: http://www.naeyc.org/selfstudy/
Bright Ideas from BAEYC members:
1.At staff meetings, discuss and go through the criteria for the classroom portfolios together to share ideas to meet the criteria one folder at a time. Working together makes the task easier.
2. Candidacy papers must be received by NAEYC with your center open for three full months after they are received. Many centers change their programs during the summer or are closed when an assessor can't visit.
Program & Classroom Portfolio
a. Use a binder
b. Use the 10 Standards NOT the 8 criteria
c. Make copies of everything, do not just refer to them
d. Do not refer back to an item-make duplicate copies
e. Use prepared labels
a. Using file boxes and drop folders for portfolios is easier that using binders. Teachers can drop materials right into the folders pertaining to the criteria.
b. Use prepared labels
c. Keep them in numerical order
d. Do not refer back, make duplicate copies of pictures
DO NOT MAKE THE ASSESSOR SEARCH FOR ITEMS
REMIND TEACHERS OF HANDWASHING POLICIES
EVEN IF YOU HAVE A CONSULTANT, PLEASE MAKE SURE YOU ARE AWARE OF THE PROGRAM PORTFOLIO AND IT'S CONTENTS.
MAKE SURE YOUR CPR & FIRST AID STATES IT'S FOR CHILDREN NOT UNIVERSAL