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9.4 Career and Technical Education
ContentArea 21st-Century Life and Careers
Standard 9.4 Career and Technical EducationAll students who complete a career and technical education program will acquire academic and technical skills for careers in emerging and established professions that lead to technical skill proficiency, credentials, certificates, licenses, and/or degrees. (For descriptions of the 16 career clusters, see the Career Clusters Table.)
Strand J. Human Services Career Cluster
Pathway (1) Early Childhood Development & Services
By the end of grade Content Statement CPI# Cumulative Progress Indicator (CPI)
Academic Foundations: Academic concepts lay the foundation for the full range of career and postsecondary education opportunities within the career cluster.
9.4.12.J.(1).1 Describe and use grammatically correct English to enhance learning, direct behavior, and strengthen classroom management.                                                                                                                                                                                                                            
9.4.12.J.(1).2 Demonstrate knowledge of principles of child growth and development, including social, emotional, physical, and cognitive milestones, to provide appropriate and comprehensive program offerings.                                                                                                                                                                                                                            
Communication Skills: All clusters rely on effective oral and written communication strategies for creating, expressing, and interpreting information and ideas that incorporate technical terminology and information.
9.4.12.J.(1).3 Demonstrate listening and communication skills, including listening respectfully and attentively to the child to facilitate ongoing development.                                                                                                                                                                                                                            
9.4.12.J.(1).4 Demonstrate listening and communication skills, including listening respectfully and attentively to parents/guardians to facilitate the child’s ongoing development.                                                                                                                                                                                                                            
9.4.12.J.(1).5 Demonstrate listening and communication skills, including listening respectfully and attentively to staff members to facilitate child development activities.                                                                                                                                                                                                                            
9.4.12.J.(1).6 Write plainly, synthesizing and summarizing information to assure it is easily understood by parents/guardians and staff members.                                                                                                                                                                                                                            
Problem-Solving and Critical Thinking: Critical and creative thinking strategies facilitate innovation and problem-solving independently and in teams.
9.4.12.J.(1).7 Analyze situations and apply problem-solving and critical thinking skills to provide solutions.                                                                                                                                                                                                                            
Information Technology Applications: Technology is used to access, manage, integrate, and disseminate information.
9.4.12.J.(1).8 Select and use appropriate technology to enhance and organize childcare and education programs.                                                                                                                                                                                                                            
Safety, Health, and Environment: Implementation of health, safety, and environmental management systems and organizational policies and procedures impacts organizational performance, regulatory compliance, and continuous improvement.
9.4.12.J.(1).9 Research knowledge of safety and sanitation procedures associated with environments in this pathway to assure compliance and readiness for potential hazards.                                                                                                                                                                                                                            
Leadership and Teamwork: Effective leadership and teamwork strategies foster collaboration and cooperation between business units, business partners, and business associates toward the accomplishment of organizational goals.
9.4.12.J.(1).10 Describe an inviting and encouraging atmosphere to encourage parent/guardian and family participation.                                                                                                                                                                                                                            
9.4.12.J.(1).11 Create and plan parent-teacher conferences, open houses, and other family forums to enhance family and community involvement.                                                                                                                                                                                                                            
Ethics and Legal Responsibilities: Legal responsibilities, professional ethics, and codes of conduct affect management practices, business performance, and regulatory compliance, as well as the confidence of customers, business partners, and investors.
9.4.12.J.(1).12 Describe ethical and legal responsibilities, laws, and regulations to protect children and families.                                                                                                                                                                                                                            
Employability and Career Development: Employability skills and career and entrepreneurship opportunities build the capacity for successful careers in a global economy.
9.4.12.J.(1).13 Research necessary education and state-specific requirements to practice in this pathway.                                                                                                                                                                                                                            
Technical Skills: Technical knowledge and skills play a role in all careers within the cluster and pathway.
9.4.12.J.(1).14 Incorporate play and other activities in program plans to develop children’s skills.                                                                                                                                                                                                                            
9.4.12.J.(1).15 Evaluate curriculum for multicultural awareness activities to ensure a culturally rich and inviting learning environment.                                                                                                                                                                                                                            
9.4.12.J.(1).16 Evaluate curriculum for inclusiveness of special needs children.