Early Learning & Development Standards

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.

Implementation Guides

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.

Contact Information

Krista Dickens
440-350-2563 ext. 708

Tricia McCollum
440-350-2563 ext. 760

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