To Promote and Measure Child Development*

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The Learning Accomplishment Profile (LAP) System is a comprehensive approach for facilitating and measuring the development of children from birth through age five. The LAP curriculum and assessment materials can be used to address requirements for any early childhood program, such as Head Start and state pre-k programs. This curriculum model is grounded in early childhood research that recognizes young children as active partners in learning by:
  • Emphasizing the value of child choice and responsive teaching.
  • Promoting individualization and respect for each child’s unique qualities.
  • Including activities to help children understand and respect diversity (culture, gender, abilities). 
  • Emphasizing the importance of family and community. 
  • Promoting inclusion of children with disabilities
The Learning Accomplishment Profile (LAP) System includes:

The Chapel Hill Model

* The LAP System evolved from the "Chapel Hill Model " that was developed by CHTOP in the 1970's and validated by the US Department of Education (then a part of the US Department of Health, Education and Welfare) in 1983. The Chapel Hill Model of Services for Young Children with Disabilities include three basic elements:

  • Assessment; first we must learn what children can and cannot do before we can plan effective learning activities;
  • Curriculum; once we have conducted the assessment, we can develop an individualized curriculum that will be developmentally appropriate based on the child's age and stage of development; and,
  • Parent Involvement; which is based on the CHTOP philosophy that the child's parents are the child's primary teachers and this vital role should be strengthened and promoted by CHTOP materials and programs.

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