Putting Standards Into Practice: States' Use of Early Learning Guidelines
Learn how Early Learning Guidelines for infants and toddlers improve the quality of care and learning and develop a more qualified workforce.
Early Learning Guidelines for infants and toddlers are sometimes called early learning standards, frameworks, foundations, benchmarks, indicators of progress, or other similar names. No matter the name, they are a set of expectations about what infants and toddlers should know and be able to do during specified age ranges. ELG are usually issued by the state agency responsible for child care or education and are primarily intended for use by early care and education providers.
ELG have the potential to advance the early childhood field by increasing awareness of what infants and toddlers are capable of learning and doing from birth to 3 years. This information helps caregivers and parents understand the processes behind children’s development and how they can promote quality early experiences that improve child outcomes.
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Illinois passed legislation in 2017 that prohibits early childhood programs receiving funds from the State Board of Education (ISBE) from expelling children aged 0-5 for behavioral issues.