CHART 2
ASSESSMENT OF STRENGTHS

Instructions: Use the following form to assess your knowledge, skills and attitudes in the competency areas that relate to early childhood and school-age education and programming. Begin by checking the boxes next to the knowledge, skills, and attitudes that you feel confident that you have mastered. Then move to Chart 3 to assess the areas where you would like to improve.

Child Development
KNOWLEDGE SKILLS ATTITUDES
Physical development
Social development
Language development
Intellectual development
Creative development
Emotional development
Multiple influences on development
Realistic expectations for behavior
Recognizing advancing development
Recognizing lags in development
Documentation
Assessment
Communication with families
Confidentiality
Reporting Progress
Techniques for interactions
Strategies for stress reduction
Uniqueness of each child
Accepting
Receptive
Consistency
Perceptive
Calm, peaceful
Attentive
Creative
Patient, self-controlled

Health and Safety
KNOWLEDGE SKILLS ATTITUDES
Common illnesses & symptoms
Health Practices
First Aid
Safety Hazards
Nutrition
Emergency procedures
Recognizing symptoms, hazards
Keeping environment clean & healthy
Following policies for sick children
Planning for health – teaching
modeling good practice
Applying first aid knowledge
Paying attention
Making decisions
Expressing caring
Keeping calm in emergencies
Caring
Concerned

Physical Environment
KNOWLEDGE SKILLS ATTITUDES
Appropriate physical environment for various ages including: Furnishings and equipment
Impact of environment on mental health & learning
Emotional environment for supporting learning
Planning room arrangements
Organizing materials
Assessing and reducing environmental stress
Planning effective learning environments
Planning, responding and intervening to make environment psychologically safe
Observant
Clean, neat
Flexible
Resourceful
Responsible
Sensitive
Responsive

Content (Curriculum)
KNOWLEDGE SKILLS DISPOSITIONS
Math, Science, Technology (MST)
English Language Arts (ELA)
Communication, oral/written
Arts – visual, music, movement, drama
Social studies
Program learning standards for ages
Community resources
Assessing and documenting learning standards
Sources for continuing education
Interpreting everyday situations to apply knowledge
Writing and speaking for the transmission of information
Using opportunities for creative expression
Open
Creative
Resourceful
Curious
Continuous learner

How to teach (Pedagogy)
KNOWLEDGE SKILLS ATTITUDES
Learning styles
Teaching Strategies
Adaptations for children with special needs
Planning curriculum activities appropriate for age/style
Transitions managing time
Student-centered
Versatile
Logical

Working with Families
KNOWLEDGE SKILLS ATTITUDES
Parents as first teachers
Families in society
Various culture values and beliefs
English language learners
Developing family involvement strategies
Making referrals for community-based supports
Communicating in home language
Incorporating families’ cultural values and beliefs into classroom
Working with families from a strength- based approach
Respectful
Understanding
Empathic
Honest
Sensitive

Child Assessment
KNOWLEDGE SKILLS ATTITUDES
Methodologies of child assessment
Interpretation and application of child assessment
Using multiple methods
Individualizing curriculum based on child assessment
Organized
Unbiased
Strength-based applications
Confidentiality

Program Management
KNOWLEDGE SKILLS ATTITUDES
Program policies & procedures
Managing resources
Scheduling and planning
Co-worker interactions
Record keeping
Leadership
Following guidelines
Conserving resources by responsible management
Managing time
Working cooperatively
Carefully documenting
Problem Solving
Communication
Responsible
Not wasteful
Punctual
Cooperative
Precise
Self-Starter

Child Abuse/Neglect Recognition
KNOWLEDGE SKILLS ATTITUDES
Indicators of possible child abuse or neglect
Procedures of documenting and reporting child abuse or neglect
Recognizing and reporting potential abuse and neglect
Maintaining records of disclosures
Dealing with families
Attention to detail
Good judgment
Tact
Confidentiality

Communication
KNOWLEDGE SKILLS ATTITUDES
Vocabulary, grammar, and appropriate use of language for written and verbal communication
Barriers to communication and how to overcome them
English as second language implications
Communication Styles (self and others)
Using of receptive and expressive language appropriate for the audience and occasion.
Communicating with people who speak other languages
Respect
Tact
Willingness to use multiple ways to communicate

Professionalism and Leadership
KNOWLEDGE SKILLS ATTITUDES
Regulations, guidelines, requirements, and standards
Professional development pathways
Community resources
Processes for affecting change
Applying of regulations, guidelines, requirements, and standards
Accessing career pathways for self and others
Accessing community resources
Advocating for children, family, staff, and self
Compliant of regulations, guidelines, requirements, and standards
Resourceful in finding career pathways and community resources
Responsible for affecting change where needed
Cooperative

Go to SECTION IV. C, KNOWLEDGE AREA CROSSWALK to see that knowledge skills and attitudes are incorporated into early childhood standards. The chart demonstrates that various early childhood professional organizations have determined that these areas are common and important to the field of early childhood education.