Designing Developmentally Appropriate Days [Video]

Christi Szakaly-Meredith, Resa Matlock, Ball State University

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Summary:

Part of a series of 16 broadcasts, this videotape is designed to help child day care workers provide quality child care by providing a developmentally appropriate learning environment. It stresses the need to help children develop physically, socially, emotionally,and cognitively, and developskills for problem solving. It describes three factors for good child care programs: focus on the child, an appropriate environment, and positive adult/child interaction. The need is stressed for child caregivers to assess the individual needs of the child and provide developmentally appropriate learning activities. Recommendations for designing a classroom that encourages individualized development are also provided.
 

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Bibliographic Information:

Christi Szakaly-Meredith, Resa Matlock, Ball State University. Designing Developmentally Appropriate Days [Video] (1995). Ball State University: Munice, IN.

Sponsoring Agency: Ball State University

Language: English

Reading Level: Average

Formats Available: Printed Material, Videotape

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Availability:

(The accompanying print guide is titled "Reflections on Practice: A Companion Guide to
Indiana's Child Care Collection" - contact producer regarding price )

Ball State University
The Child Care Collection
c/o Christi Szakaly-Meredith
BSU TC 1008
Munice, IN
46306

Phone: (877) 550-4455
Fax: (765) 285-4045

Email: cszakaly@bsu.edu

Languages Available: English, Spanish

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Related Items:

Planeando dias apropiados para el desarrollo [Spanish][Video] [Designing Developmentally Appropriate Days]

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Producer Information:

Intended User Audience:

Early childhood care and education professionals can use this material, including child care providers, preschool personnel, K-3rd grade teachers, preservice students in ECE, ECSE, and those working toward CDA (Child Development Associate) certification. 

Product Development:

Two co-directors oversee development of the videos in this collection. Both have backgrounds in early childhood education and one of the co-directors is bilingual in Spanish and English. Each video is developed using a multi-step process. First, state level personnel decide on the content areas for new videos (once each year). Second, a team of experts is gathered representing higher education faculty (mostly in-state), state personnel, child care providers from home and center-based settings, and other disciplines as needed for specific topics (e.g., physical therapist). Based on input from the team, a script is developed. Then in-state sites are chosen for filming. A production crew and members of the expert team as well as state level personnel often accompany staff to the sites. Edits to the scripts and video segments are done as a group. The process takes approximately six months to complete.

While the cultural and linguistic diversity portrayed in each video is primarily European-American and English-speaking, an effort is made to film at sites representing diversity in both children and staff (e.g., home child care, preschool center in the inner city, university lab schools).
 

Product Evaluation:

As noted above, informal evaluation is done during the development of each video. The team reviews the script and footage in an ongoing manner. There are plans for focus groups and surveys to collect data concerning the effectiveness of the videos (presentation and content).
The complete set of videos (N =23) are also used as part of CDA certification in Indiana. 

Product Dissemination:

As of December 1999, 50 copies of Bienvenidos a todos los ninos: Cuidado inclusivo, 300 copies of Welcoming all children: Creating inclusive child care, 1436 copies of Cooing, crying, cuddling: Infant brain development, 1473 copies of Toddler brain development, and 534 copies of The B.U.S.I.N.E.S.S. of family child care have been disseminated throughout the United States.

Additional dissemination figures:
Developmental Infant Care = 1129 copies;
Dilemas Diarios Manejando Difficultades = 200;
Pintando un Cuardo...= 200;
Daily Dilemmas - coping with challenges = 1166;
Planeando dias apropiados = 200;
El Desarrollo del cuidado... = 200;
Quality Family Child Care = 1357;
Designing developmentally appropriate days = 1980;
Painting a positive picture...= 2720;
Cuidado de calidad para los ninos..= 200 

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