The process for developing an ILP should respect the fact that families are a child’s first and most influential teachers. Effective ILP’s provide families opportunities to inform programs about their children’s needs and interests.
The ILP also serves as a tool to help strengthen a family’s ability to support their children and reinforce the learning that occurs outside the home. Parent education and support is an important component of the Colorado Preschool Program.
By authentically engaging parents in developing and implementing a plan to support their child, programs set a pattern of involvement and support for families which can be followed as their children enter the primary grades and continue learning.
- The Results Matter assessment system that is chosen by the early childhood program will definitely inform the largest part of the Individual Learning Plan. However, it should not serve as the only component of the ILP.
- Programs should begin developing the ILP based on information gathered in the developmental screening, as well as the first conversations with families regarding the needs of their children.
- An ILP should also consider strategies for supporting children and their families in the transition process both into the program and also onto the next program or grade level.
What are examples of the various pieces that an ILP file might include?
- Screening results from a developmental, social emotional, hearing and vision screening
- Preschool goals that are important to the family
- “An All About Me Form” completed by a family member
- Notes from the home visit conversation
- Observation notes gathered for the Results Matter system
- Information gathered during daily conversations with family members
- Family thoughts shared during parent-teacher conferences
- Transition suggestions for children new to the program and for those planning to exit the program
- Pictures of the child and work samples collected throughout the year