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Grasp more of the learning standards your child will be exposed to in our early childhood education program!

The purpose of early learning standards for pre-kindergarten-aged kids in DC is to better prepare them for entering kindergarten, thus the educational system. These standards are upheld in all facilities from community-based early care, family child care, private or public pre-kindergarten, or Head Start programs. 

The learning standards are for all abilities — English language learners, children with disabilities, and children who develop in different ways in different time frames. And the essential purpose of the Early Learning Standards for preschoolers is to solidify that the children of DC have rich and potent early learning experiences that are just the beginning of fostering lifelong learners. 

Begin this journey at the Community Education Research Group! We offer a variety of early education programs at our three locations including infant and preschool education and before and after school care in the DC area. Learn more about our learning standards in today’s post!

Learning standards support DC kids!

In our DC classrooms, the learning standards do not replace the Creative Curriculum® we use on a daily basis. Instead, the early learning standards are used as a guide to better select an appropriate curriculum to measure how well it can be implemented. 

To cultivate lifelong learners, the learning standards identify developmentally appropriate material that is linguistically and culturally responsive and all-inclusive. 

According to both The National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) and the National Association of Early Childhood Specialists in State Department of Education (NAECS/SDE) a compelling curriculum indicates the following:

  • Kids are actively engaged in their learning
  • The goals are clear to both teacher and student
  • The curriculum is evidence-based
  • Learning is fostered through investigation and centered, intentional teaching
  • The curriculum builds on previous lessons and experiences
  • The curriculum is comprehensive
  • The curriculum benefits a child’s learning and development
  • Learning standards are able to validate the subject matter being taught

How are early learning standards in DC organized?

The early learning standards in DC for pre-kindergarten are organized in domains in specific areas of development including:

  • Creative arts
  • Approaches to learning
  • Social and emotional development
  • Social studies
  • Scientific inquiry
  • Physical development, health, and safety
  • Scientific inquiry
  • Mathematics
  • Literacy and language

Why are these domains included in early learning standards? 

These areas of development were chosen because they closely mirror the Head Start Child Outcome framework and have been identified in a child’s success. 

Guiding Principles That Make Kids Successful

Early Learning Principles At A Glance

  • All kids are capable of learning
  • Kids are individuals and do not develop at exactly the same time or in the same way
  • It’s important to choose an appropriate curriculum based on a solid understanding of child growth and development
  • Language skills are a large predictor of the academic success of the child
  • Developmental areas are just as pertinent as in learning as academics
  • Younger children learn most by doing
  • Parents and caregivers are the primary support in early education

For more information about our early childhood programs, connect with us today!

We’ve reviewed the eight domains that early learning standards are built upon and to further strengthen early childhood learning programs, there are guiding principles that are followed. Let’s review them below!

All kids are capable of learning!

This is a principle that is inclusive of all-abilities — no matter where the child is developmentally, they can still learn new things. It’s important for teachers to hold the standard and encourage their kids to always stay curious and never stop learning.

It’s important to examine the DC early learning standards including how they’re organized and the guiding principles. There are more early learning principles to discover, so stay tuned for part two! 

To explore more of what our DC early learning center provides, connect with us today.