LD005 Harvard University Effective Program Planning Portfolio

LD005 Harvard University Effective Program Planning Portfolio

LD005 Harvard University Effective Program Planning Portfolio

This Assessment requires submission of three files: one (1) document that includes the Family Handbook; one (1) document that includes a portfolio of your Learning Environments Portfolio and Narrative; and one (1) oral presentation with slides that explains the purpose and philosophy of your program. Save these files as:


  • LD005_FamilyHandbook_firstinitial_lastname (for example, LD005_FamilyHandbook_J_Smith)
  • LD005_LearningEnvironments_firstinitial_lastname
  • LD005_Presentation_first initial_lastname

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This assessment has three-parts. Click each of the items below to complete this assessment.


Create a handbook that explains to families the key elements of the highly effective program you envision. The elements must include:

  1. Vision and mission statements
  2. Goals for the program
  3. Policies and procedures
  4. Practices that encourage family engagement and community connections

The handbook may not exceed 20 pages. The handbook will not necessarily be comprehensive, but must effectively represent your understanding of various types of policies, procedures, and practices for early childhood programs that 1) meet legal and ethical guidelines and 2) are appropriate for the children and families served by the program.


Create a portfolio of 10–20 drawings and/or photographs that depict interior and exterior learning environments for your program. Each environment must be designed to support developmentally appropriate practice. As you create these illustrations, consider the overall arrangement of space and furnishings, as well as individual elements within the environment that are especially effective at supporting developmentally appropriate practices.

  1. Your indoor environment must include the following features: functional areas, quiet and active play areas, furnishings, and materials.
  2. Your outdoor environment must include the following features: equipment, activity/play areas, landscape features, and other elements with which children interact.
  3. Support your portfolio with a 4- to 5-page written narrative explaining how the elements of indoor and outdoor environments depicted in your illustrations serve to support specific developmentally appropriate practices.


Prepare an 8- to 10-minute presentation designed to explain the philosophy and purpose of this program to a group of prospective families and interested community members or your newly formed board of directors or to the staff of this new program.

The presentation must consist of no more than 20 slides (i.e., PowerPoint or Prezi) and a voiceover narration that authentically simulates your approach to this audience.

If you are unfamiliar with how to add audio to a PowerPoint presentation, please use this tutorial