According to the State, the program goal of a Child Development Program is to provide an efficient and effective preschool, as determined by community needs, offering a full range of services in a safe, healthful, and nurturing environment for children ages two and a half to five. There are six key dimensions:
- Standards, Assessments and Accountability- to ensure that all educational programs are based on high and challenging standards and are accompanied by a process for monitoring and determining effectiveness.
- Teaching and Learning- to ensure that all students are provided with integrated and coordinated programs based on student needs and educationally sound and acceptable educational practices.
- Opportunity (equal educational access) – to ensure that all students have equitable access to, and opportunity to participate in and benefit from, high- quality curricular and extracurricular activities.
- Staffing and Professional Growth – to ensure that students have access to qualified teachers, administrators, and other staff members and that all educators have access to high-quality professional growth opportunities.
- Parent and Community Involvement – to ensure that parents and members of the community, including business, industry, and labor, have the opportunity to assist in and support the educational process through participation in decision making, training and volunteer activities, and the creation of partnerships.
- Governance and Administration – to ensure that all schools conduct high-quality programs that are effectively managed and operated within appropriate legal parameters.