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Preschool Program Standards

The Iowa Department of Education (DE) supports quality learning opportunities and environments for young children by developing, implementing, and monitoring preschool programs and services provided by, or in partnership with, school districts. High quality research-based early learning experiences are essential to build a foundation to successfully achieve the social and academic challenges of school-age programs.

Legal Requirements for Program Standards

Iowa’s school districts and their community partners operating Statewide Voluntary Preschool Programs (SWVPP) and preschool classrooms providing early childhood special education (ECSE) instructional services must meet approved preschool program standards.

The following are recognized in 281--Iowa Administrative Code 16 (2007) as the three approved preschool program standards that meet the characteristics of quality early childhood programs:

Iowa Quality Preschool Program Standards (IQPPS)

The DE developed the Iowa Quality Preschool Program Standards (IQPPS) in 2007 to establish program standards for school districts and their community partners providing preschool.  The IQPPS are instrumental in supporting the Iowa State Board of Education goals, “All children will enter school ready to learn” and “All PK-12 students will achieve at a high level.”

Iowa Quality Preschool Program Standards Report (2016) - The report provides information about the purpose of IQPPS and the process for the review, revisions, and recommendations of the IQPPS and Criteria conducted in 2015-2016. This report was made available to the Iowa State Board of Education to provide information about IQPPS.  The revisions of the IQPPS were approved by the State Board of Education at the State Board meeting in January 2017.

IQPPS Implementation

Iowa Quality Preschool Program Standards and Criteria (2017) - The IQPPS and Criteria support the implementation of early learning experiences by promoting the use of research-based practices. The IQPPS Criteria combine content from the core areas of early childhood development and learning, cross-cutting curriculum, instruction, and assessment that occurs in early childhood classrooms and settings.

Based on districts early childhood reporting, IQPPS are frequently the program standards selected by Iowa’s school districts and their community partners to be implemented in the Statewide Voluntary Preschool Programs (SWVPP) and preschool classrooms providing early childhood special education (ECSE) instructional services.

IQPPS Monitoring and Continuous Improvement

Iowa’s school districts and their community partners operating Statewide Voluntary Preschool Programs (SWVPP) and preschool classrooms providing early childhood special education (ECSE) instructional services are required to demonstrate that the programs are meeting the Iowa Quality Preschool Program Standards and Criteria.   Iowa’s school districts and their community partners are encouraged to utilize the IQPPS documents and resources to engage in a continuous improvement process to design and support the understanding of current practices, strengths, and challenges in implementing the standards and criteria.

Additionally, the school year following the approval to participate in the SWVPP, the DE Early Childhood Consultants conduct an on-site visit to verify the SWPP and preschool classrooms providing ECSE services are meeting the IQPPS and criteria.  During the visit the team conducts a family interview, classroom observation(s) and facilities tour; as well as, review classroom portfolio(s), program portfolio, staff files, and child files.

IQPPS documents and resources: The DE will utilize the following documents during on-site visits. These documents are essential in preparing for and assembling evidence to demonstrate the implementation of the IQPPS and Criteria.

Child Files IQPPS

Classroom Observation IQPPS

Classroom Portfolio IQPPS

Facilities Tour IQPPS

Family Interview Questions IQPPS

IQPPS Crosswalk Compare 2007 to 2017

IQPPS Required Criteria

Program Portfolio IQPPS

Staff Files IQPPS

NAEYC Cleaning, Sanitizing, and Disinfecting Frequency Table

NAEYC Teacher Child Ratio Chart

Iowa Early Learning Standards

The Iowa Early learning Standards (IELS) are descriptions of the knowledge, behaviors, and skills that children from birth through age five may demonstrate; and they provide a strong developmental foundation that aligning with the Iowa Core.

Legal Requirements for Iowa Early Learning Standards

Iowa’s school districts and their community partners operating Statewide Voluntary Preschool Programs (SWVPP) and preschool classrooms providing early childhood special education (ECSE) services use instructional strategies and interventions to promote children’s development and learning of the knowledge, behaviors, and skills included in the IELS [281--Iowa Administrative Code 16  and 281--Iowa Administrative Code 41].

Iowa Early Learning Standards

The IELS emphasize developmentally appropriate content and skills children may know and be able to do prior to entering kindergarten.  The content areas defined in IELS lead to success as students enter school and later become productive adult citizens in our communities.
The seven content areas are as follows:

  • physical well-being and motor development;
  • approaches to learning;
  • social and emotional development;
  • communication, language, and literacy;
  • mathematics and science;
  • creative arts; and
  • social studies

Iowa Early Learning Standards 2012

Iowa Early Learning Standards 2012 - Replacement Pages 149-176

Printed from the Iowa Department of Education website on March 30, 2017 at 3:04am.