The Early Learning and Development Standards describe the
concepts and skills children develop and learn along the developmental
continuum from birth to kindergarten entry. Their purpose is to support the
development and well-being of young children and to foster their learning.
The standards promote the understanding of early learning and development, provide a comprehensive and coherent set of early childhood educational expectations for children’s development and learning, and guide the design and implementation of curriculum, assessment and instructional practices with young children.
The OELDS Implementation Guides in each domain provide strategies for teachers to address the standards in developmentally appropriate ways - or the how. The strategies in these guidance documents represent broad approaches to implementation in each strand that include creating rich, engaging environments and intentionally planning experiences to support development and learning. Additionally, the implementation strategies will support teachers in “backmapping” to the standards, enabling them to identify concepts and skills embedded in the standards not only in planned experiences, but also during interactions among and between children and adults, in daily routines and play.
Ohio's Learning Standards Kindergarten through Grade 3 address Approaches Toward Learning, Physical Well-Being, and Social and Emotional Development. These learning and development standards promote an understanding of the whole child and guide the instructional strategies that support all areas of learning. These standards are not tied to any assessments but are intended to be useful in determining how to support students in these early grades.