CALIFORNIA DEPAR TMENT OF EDUCATION • SACRAMENTO, 2010
Visual and Performing Arts
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A Message from the State Superintendent
of Public Instruction
Foundations in the
Visual and Performing Arts
Appendix: The Foundations
A Message from the
State Superintendent of Public
am delighted to present the Cali
for ia Preschool Learning Founda
tions (Volume 2). This publication
is the second of a three-volume series
designed to im rove early learning and
develop ent for California’s preschool
Young children are naturally eager
to learn. However, not all of them enter
kindergarten ready for school. All too
often, children are already lagging
behind their classmates, and this circumstance can impede their continued learning and development long past
kindergarten. High-quality preschool
teaching contributes to children’s longrange social and academic success, as well as their ability to express themselves creatively through the arts, their capacity to engage in physically challenging activities, and their development of lifelong health habits. Children who attend high-quality
preschools benefit from rich opportunities to learn through play. They also benefit from curriculum that integrates
all the developmental domains in a
way that is developmentally, culturally,
and linguistically appropriate.
Intentionally engaging children in
play supports the learning and development that is described in the preschool learning foundations. In a recent report, the National Association
for the Education of Young Children
(NAEYC) calls for early educators to
make play a regular part of the daily
curriculum and be responsive to the
needs of each student.
In addition, a recent report from the
American Academy of Pediatrics concludes that play is vitally important for healthy brain development. These
reports, as well as many others, make
clear that preschool children’s...
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