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.