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Four Year Old program Info
Four Year Old Program > Standards
Recommended Quality Standards of Program Practice for Maine public preschool programs are based on national research cited below and input from diverse early childhood groups and individuals throughout Maine.
The National Prekindergarten Center developed the Prekindergarten Policy Framework to provide local, state, and federal policymakers with research-based information on how to build high-quality programs. Program standards can be found at http://www.fpg.unc.edu/~npc/framework/framework.cfm?section_num=7&subsection_num=1
The National Association of Elementary School Principals(www.naesp.org) endorses accreditation criteria for early childhood programs developed by the National Association for the Education of Young Children and professional standards developed by Head Start. NAESP recommends that these criteria guide implementation of all programs, whether they are operated by schools or other community organizations.
The National Institute for Early Education Research
American Academy of Pediatrics http://www.aap.org/healthtopics/childcare.cfm
QUALITY for ME is a Quality Rating System for early childhood community programs licensed through the Maine Department of Health and Human Services. Any collaborating community partner involved in the delivery of public preschool must maintain a Step Four Rating
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