Public Comment Sought on Early Childhood and Elementary Education Policy
On December 5, 2017, the Montgomery County Board of Education tentatively approved revisions to Board Policy IEA, Framework and Structure of Early Childhood and Elementary Education. The revised policy includes concepts and language that reflect the current priorities of Board Policy IEF, Early Childhood Education, which will be rescinded upon adoption of revised Board Policy IEA. The proposed amendments to Board Policy IEA affirm the Board’s commitment to promoting the intellectual, social, emotional and physical growth and development of children in their early learning years through high quality, developmentally appropriate, challenging and comprehensive early childhood and elementary programs. The revised policy updates language to highlight Montgomery County Public Schools’ (MCPS) commitment to vertical integration of the curriculum, allowing each student to attain key educational and developmental milestones in each successive grade as they progress from elementary grades to middle and high school, then a lifetime of academic and personal achievements. This approach allows for the natural variability in the pace of development from child to child in the prekindergarten (pre-K) and elementary years.
The revised policy reinforces the Board’s commitment to utilizing county, state and federal resources effectively, in coordination with community partners, to establish a continuum of essential services needed by young children and their families. Revised language highlights MCPS’ role to identify children in need of services, and to facilitate student development, transition, placement and program continuity at each stage of a child’s development from home, child care or preschool, to pre-K, as appropriate, and from one elementary grade to another. Revised Policy IEA includes concepts and language that reflect current priorities. The crosswalk between the two policies demonstrates where language from Policy IEF has been incorporated into Policy IEA. When the Board takes Final Action on revised Policy IEA, it also is recommended that the Board rescind Policy IEF.
The draft of tentatively approved Board Policy IEA is available for public comment until Tuesday, March 6, 2018.