45 CFR 1304.21(a), 1304.21(c)

Related Forms:Early Childhood Environmental Rating Scale

• Interactions between children and adults will provide opportunities for children to build trust, to develop an understanding of self and others, and to encourage respect for the feelings and rights of others.

• All interactions between children and adults will be respectful and supportive of each child's gender, culture, language, ethnicity and family composition.

• Adults will greet each child to acknowledge that they belong in the classroom.

• Adults will actively listen to children and observe non-verbal communication.

• Adults will physically place themselves at the child's eye level while interacting.

• Adults will encourage children to talk about their feelings.

• Adults will use language and materials free from ethnic and gender bias.

• Adults will stimulate critical thinking skills and cognitive concepts by using open-ended questioning, modeling and other appropriate communication strategies.

• Adults will demonstrate respect and caring for children in all interaction, giving reinforcement for children's efforts.

• Staff will make every effort to include persons in the classroom who speak the primary language of each child and are knowledgeable about their culture.