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Promising UPK Practices Video Series

Promising Universal Prekindergarten Practices Video Series

The Promising Universal Prekindergarten Practice video series includes interviews with leaders from districts, charter schools, county offices of education, and partner agencies to support Universal Prekindergarten (UPK). Each video focuses on a UPK Focus Area as described in the Universal Prekindergarten Template released by the California Department of Education (CDE) and the Universal Prekindergarten Planning Toolkit: A Resource for County Offices of Education in California released by the California County Superintendents. The following video series describe collaborative partnerships, professional learning models, and strategies and resources to support developmentally-informed practices for UPK.


Vision and Coherence: Braiding Programs to Implement UPK

California educators share strategies to successfully braid preschool programs with TK to offer a variety of  program options, including full-day programs.


Community Engagement and Partnerships: Building Partnerships

California educators describe their approaches to facilitate partnerships to ensure students and their families have equitable access to high-quality early education experiences.


Community Engagement and Partnerships: Engaging Families

California educators share engagement strategies for building strong and effective partnerships with families to help children thrive.


Workforce Recruitment and Professional Learning: Collaborative Professional Learning Models

California educators highlight the importance of providing collaborative professional learning opportunities that bring together early educators from various early learning settings to support the implementation of UPK.


Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment: Developmentally Appropriate Practices for UPK

California educators describe the key elements of a high-quality learning environment including developmentally appropriate practices and intentional play-based and hands-on learning experiences for children.


Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment: Culturally and Linguistically Responsive UPK

California educators focus on the importance of creating a culturally and linguistically responsive program that reflects the diverse needs of children and describes effective classroom practices that are culturally and linguistically responsive to support all children.


Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment: Inclusive Practices for UPK

California educators highlight the benefits of inclusive practices within UPK programs, as well as creative ways to foster a community of belonging for all students.

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