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Child Development Services District Advisory Committee (DAC)

The purpose of the Early Child Care DAC is to provide a forum for discussion of support for early childhood programs focusing on children ages 0-5 years. While there are many questions and issues the DAC could discuss and provide assistance on for the 2017-2018 school year, the DAC selected two priority areas on which to focus its attention. The DAC chose to narrow its focus with the hope that it can make meaningful contributions to district policy moving forward.
The charges are as follows:
  1. The DAC will work to determine how SMMUSD can provide preschool opportunities to all Santa Monica residents, including those who would pay full fee, and those who would qualify for partial or full subsidy. We will continue to study the types of challenges that may impede attendance, as well as the resources needed to support all families so children can successfully attend preschool; and whether SMMUSD can make those resources available (or work with those who can) and accessible to children who wish to attend our preschools.
  2. The DAC will consider the types of data to gather from preschool, Transitional Kindergarten and Kindergarten. This data will be used to help SMMUSD maintain quality programs that best prepare our youngest students and their families to be successful in elementary school and beyond.
Since SMMUSD already collects data in early learning (the Desired Results Developmental Profile [DRDP] in preschool and Transitional Kindergarten; as well as the Early Development Instrument [EDI] in Kindergarten) the DAC’s role will be to consider how to best utilize existing data, what additional data would be helpful, and what the challenges might be to collecting any additional data.

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