Instructional Resources

Remote Instruction

Young children learn best in the context of relationships and through play-based, hands-on, and engaging activities. In their early childhood classrooms, the relationships they develop with their teaching teams and caregivers are crucial to their development and learning. Additionally, the toys, games, and other materials in their classrooms support discovery and exploration – an essential component of early learning. For these reasons, remote learning for young children is centered around helping families, caregivers, and children connect and engage in joyful, fun, play-based activities that build on children’s natural curiosity. The resources on this page are intended to support leaders and teaching teams as they plan for and implement remote learning within their early childhood communities.

Remote Learning Guidance

Please find information/suggestions in the Guidance for Remote Learning in 3-K and Pre-K for how early childhood teachers can support remote learning for our youngest students while school buildings are closed. Additionally, these suggestions can support leaders and teachers in reflecting upon their remote learning experiences to inform their communications and planning. 

The Spring into Learning! packet offers activity ideas for each weekday between April 9 and April 17, broken down by age (infant/toddler and 3-K/Pre-K) and aligned to a theme. Each day also includes optional online resources for 3-K and pre-K children. Based on what teachers learn through check-ins with families, they are encouraged to support remote learning by sharing a few activities with them. The ideas can be used for any time of year as they are written, or as a starting point to create your own activities that are meaningful, age-appropriate, and responsive to families’ needs.

Children and Family Engagement

As the coronavirus pandemic persists in New York City, and social distancing remains an imperative for all New Yorkers, ongoing opportunities for connection and learning are important for our families. Teachers may use the Suggestions for Checking in With Families/Caregivers About Remote Learning to guide conversations with families during this time. Families are also encouraged to visit the Learn at Home: Early Childhood for additional resources to support them in engaging their children in fun, educational experiences at home.

Program staff are expected to have at least two interactions with each family in their class each week. NYCEECs will begin tracking attendance the week of April 20 through Pre-KIDS (Vendor Portal). You can find detailed instructions in this Guidance for Meaningful Child and Family Engagement and Interaction to Account for Attendance.

Authentic Assessment in Remote Learning

Due to the transition to remote learning and the impacts of COVID-19 across New York City, there is flexibility in programs’ use of their authentic assessment system for spring 2020. Teaching teams should continue to use their knowledge of children's understanding and development and partner with families to make decisions about instruction. You can find more guidance in this Authentic Assessment in Remote Learning guidance

End-of-Year Activities

With the extension of remote learning, leaders, teaching teams, and providers are planning to end the school year remotely. Consider the strategies and suggestions offered in this document when planning end-of-year activities, in order to provide children with consistency and predictability remotely while also celebrating children’s accomplishments together with their families.

Online Learning Platforms

The resources below are optional platforms to use as teaching teams transition to online learning on various platforms.

The webinar below serves as a guide for early childhood teachers on how to navigate to this page as well as other pages with resources for families to support learning at home. Both links below can be used to access the webinar on different platforms:

Units of Study

In Pre-K for All, 3-K for All, and EarlyLearn teaching staff integrate and respond to knowledge of children, child development, and content across the domains of learning to plan and adapt instruction, aligned to the Head Start Early Learning Outcomes Framework (ELOF) and the Pre-K Foundation for the Common Core (PKFCC).

While programs may use any research based, developmentally appropriate curriculum that is aligned to the ELOF (3-K) and PKFCC (Pre-K), the NYCDOE Explorations and Interdisciplinary Units of Study (Units) are free resources available to all Pre-K for All, 3-K for All, and EarlyLearn programs.

Explorations and Units follow the same scope and sequence, which is aligned to the NYCDOE Kindergarten Social Studies scope and sequence. The Scope and Sequence reflects how children learn: from concrete to abstract, from inward (self) to outward (the world).

If you are not a Pre-K for All, 3-K for All, or EarlyLearn provider, send an email to deceinstruction@schools.nyc.gov to request permission to use this curriculum or any portion thereof. Please indicate the following:

  • The name and location of your school or program;
  • Which units you would like to use; and
  • How you intend to use them.

Units of Study: Instructional Guidance for Pre-K

The Division of Early Childhood Education has developed a series of interdisciplinary Units of Study for Pre-K for All. This research based resource was created in collaboration with researchers and supports student learning in all domains using developmentally appropriate practice.

  • There are 10 Units total, each designed to last about a month.
  • This Scope and Sequence shows a progression of interdisciplinary learning throughout the year in three sections.

Foundational and Supporting Text Lists

The Unit foundational and supporting texts can be purchased through Booksource/GL Group.

District Schools and Pre-K Centers, to order these books through FAMIS, visit shopdoe.com and enter these codes.

NYCEECs, to order these books through booksource.com, complete this order form. This form is not digitally accessible as it is intended for download. Please download the form to complete your book order request, then scan and email the completed form to service@booksource.com.

Additional resources to support the use of Units:

Updated Book List

The Division of Early Childhood Education (DECE) has released an updated book list for Pre-K for All programs in alignment with our pre-K curriculum Units of Study. DECE conducted an audit of the previous book list and the books selected for this updated list were chosen with the goal of creating a book list that reflects our City’s diversity. Throughout the process, the DECE and its partners took into consideration the representation of authors, characters, and illustrators with diverse traits including, but not limited to race, ability, and family structure.

This book list serves as a starting place for programs and programs are encouraged to use additional books and curricular resources to reflect their community. The Units of Study will be updated later this winter to reflect the new list, and programs can begin using the books as part of the curriculum in the fall. The DECE is committed to ensuring that our curricular resources reflect our City, and will continually improve our resources to support your programs in providing culturally responsive education to the children you serve.

Explorations: Instructional Guidance for 3-K

Grounded in the Head Start Early Learning Outcomes Framework, Explorations provide instructional opportunities for 3-K for All teaching staff, children, and families to connect, explore materials, and learn together. Explorations invite engagement in comprehensive, in-depth, play-based learning across domains. Topics and activities in Explorations begin with routines and the classroom community then progress to more abstract ideas throughout the year.

Explorations are grounded in research on developmental expectations as described in the Head Start Early Learning Outcomes Framework: Ages Birth to Five (ELOF), which outlines the skills, behaviors and concepts programs foster as they engage with our youngest learners. By using the three Explorations as written, programs will support all of the preschool goals included in the framework.

The three Explorations are designed to be implemented in 3-K for All classrooms over the course of the ten-month program year.

Additional Resources to Support the Use of Explorations

Printable schedule cards are available here. A variety of options are available including:

Printable templates:

Explorations Materials List (coming soon)

  • Exploration One
  • Exploration Two
  • Exploration Three

Explorations Book Collection

There is one book list for Explorations. The complete book collection for 3-K for All Explorations can be purchased through Booksource/GL Group.

District Schools and Pre-K Centers, to order these books through FAMIS, visit shopdoe.com and enter: 9780833538833.

NYCEECs, to order these books through Booksource.com complete this order form. This form is not digitally accessible as it is intended for download. Please download the form to complete your book order request, then scan and email the completed form to service@booksource.com.

Connections: Infant & Toddler Curriculum for Responsive Care

Explore

Sites participating in Explore implement the Building Blocks math curriculum in conjunction with the NYC Interdisciplinary Units of Study for their 4s curricula. 3s classrooms participating in Explore Cohort 5 implement the research-based Explorations and Building Blocks Learning Trajectories as their curricula. Sites receive the necessary curricular resources as well as two years of targeted coaching support.

The Explore Pacing Guide maps the Building Blocks curriculum and the Pre-K for All Interdisciplinary Units of Study to the 2019-20 program year. This calendar is an essential tool in making sure that 4s classrooms stay on track with the curriculum, coaching is effective and teachers are able to complete the entire curriculum in a timely manner. Occasionally, adjustments may need to be made to meet the needs of individual classrooms; work in conjunction with your Explore coaches if adjustments are necessary.

There are specific Units for programs participating in Explore:

There are specific Explorations for 3-K for All programs participating in Explore. Two of the three Explorations are available below. The other Exploration will be available shortly. 

Explore Materials Inquiries

Explore Cohort 4 and Cohort 5 sites (programs that will be attending Explore training during the 2019-2020 school year): Please contact explore@schools.nyc.gov with any inquiries regarding materials, or speak directly with your Explore coach.

Explore sites in Cohort 1, 2, or 3 (Previously participated in the 2-year NYC Pre-K Explore instructional track):

Please reach out to explore@schools.nyc.gov for any further clarification or general guidance.

Foundational and Supporting Text Lists

Unit foundational and supporting texts can be purchased through Booksource/GL Group.

District Schools and Pre-K Centers, to order these books through FAMIS, visit shopdoe.com and enter these codes.

NYCEECs, to order these books through booksource.com, complete this order form. This form is not digitally accessible as it is intended for download. Please download the form to complete your book order request, then scan and email the completed form to service@booksource.com.

Additional resources to support the use of Explore Units:

Core Principles for Supporting Emergent Multilingual Learners (EMLLs)

The Core Principles for Emergent Multilingual Learners (EMLLs) highlight key principles and instructional practices in early childhood for supporting children whose home language is a language other than English. As the number of linguistically diverse families in New York City increases, it is critical for programs to provide language supports for instruction and programming in response to the needs of the communities they serve. Program staff are encouraged to review the "Core Principles for Emergent Multilingual Learners (EMLLs)," which outline the beliefs and practices that support high-quality instruction for EMLLs. The Core Principles are research-based, support instructional best practices; promote the development of children's home language in the classroom, program, and home environment; and support positive outcomes for children.

For questions, email prekduallanguage@schools.nyc.gov.

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