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Proposed Amendments to Administrative Rules - Foster Care (Aug. 21, 2013)


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  • Core Competencies for Early Education and Care Practitioners (3.11MB pdf) Defines what adults who work with children need to know, understand, and be able to do to support children in reaching desired outcomes.
  • Early Learning Guidelines for Birth to 3 Years (April 2010) (881kb pdf)
    • These voluntary guidelines are intended for parents, child care providers, Early Head Start teachers, health professionals, and others who work with infants or toddlers. The Guidelines will be useful in understanding typical infant-toddler development and learning in three age categories:
      • Young infants birth to 8 months
      • Older Infants to 18 months
      • Toddlers 18 to 36 months
    • Development varies for each child
  • Early Learning Guidelines for Ages 3-5 Years (April 2010) (701kb pdf)
    • These voluntary guidelines are intended as a resource for parents, child care providers, pre-kindergarten and Head Start teachers, and others. They outline the skills, knowledge, and dispositions young children need prior to entering first grade.
    • Development differs for every child.
    • Each indicator/guideline needs to be understood as a developmental continuum.
    • It is expected that adults will create natural/play situations in which three-year-olds who are ready can demonstrate emergence of the skill, knowledge, or disposition of indicators, and six-year-olds that are ready can demonstrate competence in the skill, knowledge, or disposition of indicators.
  • REVISED September 2012 Foster Parent Handbook (1.92Mb pdf)
    • Foster Child Rights were revised in September 2012. See page 37.
    • Continuation in Foster Care Past Age 18 was revised in September 2012. See page 42.
    • Foster Parent Rights were added in June 2011. See page 16.
    • Prescriptions section was revised in June 2011. See page 40.
    • Home Property Damage Policy was revised in March 2008. See page 45.



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