Guidelines for Excellence

Early Childhood Environmental Education Programs: Guidelines for Excellence

Posted By Mary Ocwieja on 10/19/2010 12:00:00 AM   |  Last Edited By Bora Simmons on 6/27/2012 11:53:05 AM
Summary: The newest addition to the continuing guidelines series, "Early Childhood Environmental Education Programs,"contains a set of recommendations for developing and administering high-quality environmental education programs for young children from birth to age eight, with a focus on ages three to six. Read or download the entire publication from this post.
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Environmental education in early childhood is a holistic concept that encompasses knowledge of the natural world as well as emotions, dispositions, and skills. Early Childhood Environmental Education Programs: Guidelines for Excellence (NAAEE 2010), the newest addition to the continuing guidelines series, contains a set of recommendations for developing and administering high-quality environmental education programs for young children from birth to age eight, with a focus on ages three to six. These guidelines provide a tool that can be used to ensure a firm foundation for new programs or to trigger improvements in existing ones. The overall goal of these guidelines is to chart an appropriate and positive process whereby educators can start young children on their journey toward becoming environmentally responsive youth and adults.

The guidelines identify six key characteristics of high-quality early childhood environmental education programs. For each of these characteristics, guidelines are then listed that early childhood programs should follow. Finally, each guideline is accompanied by several indicators listed under the heading “What to look for.”

The guidelines provide direction yet offer flexibility in shaping content, technique, and other aspects of program delivery. These guidelines can be used to offer a way of judging the relative merit of different programs, provide standards and benchmarks for new programs, and supply a set of ideas about what a well-rounded early childhood environmental education program might be like.

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Early Childhood EE Programs: Guidelines for Excellence [Presented June 26, 2012]

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You can download a PDF copy of the guidelines here (see below) for free. If you would like to purchase your own hard copy of this publication or any of the other NAAEE publications, go to http://www.naaee.net/publications.

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Early Childhood EE (Complete) Oct 2010

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Summary of Early Childhood EE Guidelines (One Page)

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