THE HOW & WHAT
Interpreting regulations & putting them into practice can be challenging. Below are strategies to ensure this component is met:
Complete age-appropriate DRDP for each child enrolled in the program for at least 10 hours per week and for any child with exceptional needs
Complete for each child within 60 calendar days of the child's enrollment in the program
Completed at least once every 6 months thereafter
Note: For Head Start programs, a mid-point check or 3 collections are typically completed
Before collecting assessment evidence, read through the entire DRDP assessment tool to know what behaviors and skills to consider. Pay special attention to the 4 D's of the assessment (Domain/Definitions/Developmental Levels/Descriptors)
The DRDP is made up of eight domains that each focus on the acquisition of knowledge, skills, or behaviors that reflect each domain’s developmental constructs. For preschool-age children, each contractor will determine if they will use either the Comprehensive or Fundamental view to assess the child's developmental progress.
Step 1: Observe & Document
Since the DRDP focuses on the child's behavior, knowledge and skills; the first step is to capture a child's behavior through incorporating observation in natural settings.
Observations are completed & maintained in a paper portfolio OR electronic child portfolio
DRDP Observation Resources (Paper observation records)
DRDP Portfolio Application (Electronic child portfolio)
Step 2: Rate the Measures
Based on the supporting observation records, the educator will determine the latest developmental level for each measure the child has mastered & mark it appropriately within DRDP Online.
Use of DRDP Online meets the record retention requirement. No paper copies of the rating record are when assessment data is stored in DRDP Online.
Rating Records (Paper rating record)
Step 3: Data Planning
ELCD funded agencies are required to use DRDP Online to obtain psychometrically valid reports. Based on the results, DRDP outcomes are linked to individual, group & program level planning:
Child: Using the Child Development Progress form and DRDP Online Child Rating Report, at the parent teacher conference, the results are shared. In collaboration with parent, child goals & strategies are established
Group: Educator will develop strategies based on DRDP group data for intentional group planning at the classroom/family child care home level
Program: After the last collection, DRDP data will be analyzed at the program and age group level. Data is used to develop an educational goal for the following program year
Step 4: Activity Planning
Age & developmentally appropriate activities are developed using:
Agency adopted curriculum
Educators incorporate strategies to meet individual child goals within lesson plans, which may be documented on the activity plan using a letter or number system tied to the child
Classroom & Program activities are incorporated into lesson plans based on Summary of Finding plans
There are many professional development materials, trainings & organizations that assist educators in planning strategies to support children.
Are you ready to check for understanding? No worries, if you do not do well the first time, you can take the Knowledge Check a second time.
Good luck my friend!
THE BOTTOM LINE
This program monitoring tool may be used to document self-monitoring & program-evaluation for this component
Education Code: 8203(b)(c), 8203.5(b), 8240(a), 8245, 8246
Title 5: 18270.5, 18272, 18273, 18276, 18279–18281