Family and Community Engagement:

Examine the Environments

Breadcrumb trail:

Environments play a significant role in the learning process.

The early childhood experience involves planning for a variety of environments. The physical environment may be the first one that comes to mind. But the social, intellectual, and emotional environments are equally important and critical to children's overall well being. Remember that the environment — in all of its aspects — is our partner in providing high quality early childhood programs.

A teacher observes a child arranging plates.
  • Our early childhood program environments, both physical and social, can make children and families feel at home and help ease the transition at pick up and drop off times.
  • What do you have in your environment that creates a sense of welcome and belonging for families?

Try This!

The teacher is pleased she has put a couch near the door to help with this transition.

Use this template to record your observations, thoughts, and feelings.  Download the Template

Deepen Your Understanding

California Early Childhood Educator Competencies

Review Performance Area 2 to deepen your understanding of the Topic: Strategies for Engagement in the CA ECE Competencies. Scroll to page 41.

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California Early Childhood Educator Competencies