SJB is committed to creating future college graduates, professionals and thought leaders.
Our focused approach to early education and child development is exemplified through an ongoing commitment to quality. Through continuous assessments, thoughtful curriculums, dedicated educators, staff trainings/professional development and a deep commitment to family engagement, SJB is educating and empowering children and their families.
ECER (The Early Childhood Environment Rating Scale)
The scales are designed to assess early child development environments as well as quality. ECERS’s utilizes observation as a mechanism by which to assess the environment which includes: the various interactions that go on in a classroom between staff and children, staff, parents, and other adults, among the children themselves, and the interactions children have with the many materials and activities in the environment, as well as those features, such as space, schedule and materials that support these interactions. In order to provide social –emotional development an environment must help children develop their abilities, and provide for the three basic needs all children have:
- Protection of their health and safety
- Building positive relationships
- Opportunities for stimulation and learning from experience
SJB’s classroom environments are evaluated twice a year and the evaluations help to produce summary of findings aimed at further improving the early learning environment. In this way, social-emotional development is further nurtured by the classroom environment.
Rating scales have been developed for Infant/Toddler (ITER), Preschool (ECER) and School Age (SACER) programs.
Ongoing Child Assessments:
DRDP (Desired Results Developmental Profile)
The profile is an assessment system that helps to gauge the developmental progress of the children enrolled in our program. SJB staff conducts these assessments at least twice a year so that each child has a record of progress in various areas of development. The tool also serves to engage families in their child’s educational process. The DRDP is important because it measures children’s development in the following areas:
- Language Development
- Social & Emotional Development
- Physical Development and Health
- Literacy knowledge and skills
- Mathematics knowledge and skills
- Science knowledge and skills
- Creative Arts expression