The Department of Education Visits JFTN

The NYC Department of Education regularly reviews 4410 preschools like JFTN. The DOE’s audits ensure that schools are providing the education and services that students need. 

We recently had our annual audit, and it gave us a chance to reflect on the positive changes at our preschool. The visit helped us see our school with fresh eyes, and we'd like to share some highlights with you.

Open-Ended Questions & Children’s Choices

The auditor met with our school’s leadership team, observed classrooms and met with teachers. She was impressed with the way our staff uses open-ended questions to encourage children’s language development. The more opportunities children have to develop their language skills, the better they will succeed in school in the years ahead. The auditor was also happy to see that our staff found every opportunity to let children make choices for themselves, which leads to greater confidence and independence. 

Visual Learning

Our guest was also impressed with our school’s use of visual supports to help students better understand directions and activities. These include daily schedules, first-then boards, positive reinforcement charts and social stories. We distribute visual supports to parents so that the lessons learned at school can be reinforced at home. For example, social stories like our Food for Friends and Green Meadows Farm are now available in print and online. 

Introducing Conscious Discipline

Another recurring topic during the visit was how well our teachers and clinicians work together to help each child realize their individual goals. Since our last audit, our treatment coordinators have introduced Conscious Discipline principles to our teachers and clinicians. Conscious Discipline helps children achieve their individual goals by creating an environment that promotes emotional regulation and safety. 

The auditor was impressed with how many classrooms have adopted Conscious Discipline strategies. Our staff have come together to develop creative environments that are conducive to learning. Using Conscious Discipline has enriched our teams’ shared vocabulary in helping children with their social and emotional development.

Strengthening Family Services

The auditor also met several of our students’ parents and gathered feedback about the school and its staff. We’ve seen more parents attending our Monday morning parent group than ever before. They told us that participating in the group meetings and staying tuned in to our weekly newsletter have helped them better understand our school’s academic and social-emotional curricula.

Make Your Voice Heard

We’re grateful to everyone who welcomed the DOE to our school and provided feedback.

If you haven’t yet taken the DOE’s family survey, you can do so online. You’ll need to enter your unique code to complete the survey, which we distributed at parent teacher conferences. The deadline to complete the survey is April 1st. 

Your feedback helps our school grow. Thank you!