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in-home care. Care provided to children in their
own home. (2)
initial assessment. An assessment done when
children enroll or at the beginning of the
year to determine what skills children
have mastered or where they are in their
development. (3)
injectables. Chemicals or drugs injected into the
body. (31)
insulated. Protected from extreme
temperatures. (28)
insulin. The hormone that regulates blood sugar
level. (12)
insulin reaction. An imbalance in blood sugar
levels that occurs in a person with diabetes
when the amount of insulin is not properly
adjusted. (13)
intellectual disability. Intellectual functioning
signifi cantly below the developmental
milestones for a child’s age; also called
cognitive disability. (31)
irritability. Tendency to feel distressed. (5)
isolation area. A special room or space in a center
for children who become ill or show signs of a
communicable disease. (9)
joint attention. Emerges when the infant attends
to the same event or object as the caregiver. (5)
laboratory schools. Schools located on a
postsecondary or college campus with a
primary purpose of training future teachers
and serving as a study group for research. (2)
language comprehension. A person’s
understanding of language. Sometimes
referred to as receptive or inner language. (6)
latchkey children. Term used to describe children
left in self-care or in the care of a sibling
under age 15. (30)
learning disability. A problem with one or more
basic skills of learning. (31)
learning objective. Outcome of an activity that is
used to plan teaching strategies. (18)
learning standards. Tools that are agreed
upon by state boards of education with the
assistance of educators in the fi eld. (2)
lesson plan. A written plan outlining specifi c
actions and activities that will be used to meet
goals. (18)
letters. Written communications that most often
address only one subject and are sent out as
needed. (32)
leukemia. A form of cancer that affects the blood-
forming organs and the blood. This cancer can
cause a sharp increase in the number of white
blood cells in the bloodstream. (31)
level of performance. The minimum standard of
achievement and how well one might want
the child to do. (18)
licensed child care. Child care centers and family
child care homes that are inspected and
comply with state standards. State legislation
defi nes which programs are required to be
licensed. (2)
licensed-exempt child care. Child care centers
that operate legally without a license. These
centers are not required to comply with all of
the state licensing standards. (2)
licensing rules and regulations. Standards set
to ensure that uniform and safe practices are
followed. (2)
licensing specialist. A person employed by a
state to protect and promote the health, safety,
and welfare of children attending centers;
sometimes referred to as regulators. (1)
limits. Guides to actions and behaviors that
refl ect the goals of a program. Sometimes
called rules. (11)
listening. Giving full attention to another person
or people. (14)
loam. A type of soil with ideal amounts of clay,
silt, and sand. (24)
locomotive. Movement. (29)
logical consequences. Experiences that are
deliberately set up by an adult to show what
will happen if a limit is not followed. (14)
loudness. Term describing the amount of energy
or volume used when speaking. (31)
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