Early childhood education: Generic term used to describe the field of early care and education of children birth to age 8. Many early childhood programs, however, also provide care for school-age children through age 12 during their out-of-school time.
Early Head Start: Early Head Start began in 1995 to address the needs of younger children and their families. Early Head Start extends the philosophy and services of Head Start to children birth to age three and pregnant women. These young children are served both in center-based programs and in family child care homes, as well as through the home visitor program.
ECERS: Early Childhood Environment Rating Scale
ELS: Early Learning Standards
ERS: Environment Rating Scale
Evaluation: A description and judgment of a specific domain of knowledge or behavior drawn from more than one source of information.
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