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A Child’s View
June 5, 2018
Man does not live by words alone, despite the fact that sometimes he has to eat them.
-Adlai Stevenson

In an article that serves as part of the Exchange Art of Leadership series, Lilian Katz urges early childhood programs to assess their quality from the point of view of a child. She encourages staff to “proceed by asking about the environment on behalf of the child:

  • Is it welcoming rather than merely captivating?
  • Do I belong in the group rather than merely have a good time?
  • Am I usually accepted by adults rather than scolded?
  • Am I taken seriously rather than just precious or cute?
  • Am I usually accepted by some peers rather than isolated, neglected, or rejected?
  • Is this environment usually involving rather than entertaining?
  • Are the activities engaging rather than amusing?
  • Are the activities interesting rather than boring?
  • Do I usually come here willingly rather than reluctantly?”


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Arlene DeCicco · June 05, 2018
McKor Shalon Nursery
Cherry Hill, NJ, United States

Many interesting questions by a child to take in consideration by an adult.

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