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At Jane L. Westerhold Early Learning Center, curriculum and assessment are linked: to support learning, to identify special needs, for program evaluation and monitoring trends, and for program and school accountability.

 The framework of the program is a foundation of theory and research regarding early development and learning.


Creative Curriculum Teaching Strategies

GOLD online portfolio collection of individual work samples.

These samples include individual work, pictures and videos.  Data collection is aligned with Illinois Early Learning and Development Standards and the 38 teaching strategies objectives that cover all 10 areas of development and learning, including broad developmental areas, content areas, and English language acquisition.

Creative CurriculumTeaching Strategies GOLD Assessment tool

The formal ongoing assessment system used in our early childhood programs Objectives for Development and Learning (ODL) Rating Scale assesses the developmental progress of each child.