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DoDEA College and Career Ready Standards for Preschool

The implementation of College and Career Ready Standards in DoDEA preschool learning environments is addressed through the use of the Teaching Strategies GOLD® Objectives for Development & Learning 1. These objectives are predictive of children's school success and align to the DoDEA College and Career Ready Standards grades K-12. The research behind each objective offers concrete evidence that each one contributes to children's learning and development. This provides a solid foundation of college and career readiness for DoDEA's youngest learners.

1Teaching Strategies GOLD® Objectives for Development & Learning: Birth Through Kindergarten. (2010). Bethesda, MD: Cate Heroman, Diane Burts, Kai-leé Berke, Toni Bickart. Posted with permission of Teaching Strategies, LLC. only for the Department of Defense Education Activity.

Preschool Programs in DoDEA

Preschool

Department of Defense Education Activity Elementary and Secondary Schools (DoDEA America, Europe and Pacific)

Preschool is a partial day, standards-based program that serves eligible military dependents and families in schools who live on stateside bases with DoDEA America schools. The Preschool curriculum promotes child development in the following domains: physical, social and emotional, cognitive, language, literacy, mathematics, science and technology, social studies, and the arts. Preschool programs are developmentally appropriate; follow an adopted curriculum, and provide safe, caring, learning environments for young children. Current adopted DoDEA content standards and curriculum materials are implemented in the Preschool classroom.

Enrollment Eligibility

Preschool is a program for eligible military dependents who are currently living on a stateside military base with a DoDEA America school and meet the four year old age requirement (must turn four years old by September 1 of the current school year).


Sure Start

Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA Europe and Pacfic)

Sure Start is a full day preschool program that serves military children and families living overseas. In addition to offering a high-quality educational program that reflects best practices in the field, Sure Start also provides health and nutrition, social, and parent involvement services. Close collaboration between families, schools, and the installation community is viewed as essential and a required part of the program.

This multipronged approach to the delivery of services distinguishes Sure Start from all other DoDEA programs. Current adopted DoDEA content standards and curriculum materials are implemented in the Sure Start classroom.

Enrollment Eligibility

Sure Start is a program for command sponsored four year old dependents (must turn four years old by September 1 of the current school year). Children qualify for Sure Start based on the rank of the sponsor: E1-E4 or civilian rank equivalent is the first priority, E5-E6 or civilian rank equivalent is the second priority and E7-E9 or civilian rank equivalent is the third priority. Additional criteria may be applied (see Sure Start Guide).


Preschool Services for Children with Disabilities (PSCD)

Department of Defense Education Activity Elementary and Secondary Schools (DoDEA Europe and Pacific)
Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA): Europe and Pacific

The PSCD program for the young child has specifically designed instruction, support, and services for students with an identified disability which requires them to have an individually designed instructional program to meet their unique learning needs. Current adopted DoDEA content standards and curriculum materials are implemented in the PSCD classroom .

The purpose of special education is to enable students to successfully develop to their fullest potential by providing a free appropriate public education in compliance with the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) as implemented by DoD Instruction 1342.12, "Provision of Early Intervention and Special Education Services to Eligible DoD Dependents."

Enrollment Eligibility

Preschool special education services are provided for children three to five years of age who demonstrate a significant difference in actual functioning when compared with the functioning of a nondisabled child of the same chronological age. This significant difference occurs in one or more of the developmental areas as measured using standardized evaluation instruments and confirmed by clinical observation and judgment.


Contact Information: 

DoDEA Early Childhood Education Coordinator
4800 Mark Center Drive
Alexandria, VA 22350-1400