As part of the Early Childhood Education ongoing program improvement, a cycle of activities are completed. The cycle begins with the Community Assessment to make decisions about the programs’ design and services. Information and data collected for the Community Assessment include the demographics of children and families in the service area, local economic measures such as housing and rental prices, unemployment figures and available social services. Next in the cycle are the annual self- assessments.
All Early Childhood Education programs are required to complete an annual self-assessment. During the self-assessment, review teams that include staff, parents and administrators review all program areas: Fiscal, Health and Safety, Program Design and Management, Eligibility/Enrollment, Child Development and School Readiness. All the information from the Community Assessment and the self-assessment findings are analyzed and program goals and strategies for program improvement are developed.