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Florida's Birth to Five Learning and Developmental Standards

Feb 9, 2016

Learn how the Early Learning and Developmental Standards were designed to create a common framework for families and early childhood professionals to understand appropriate developmental expectations for typically developing children from birth to age five.

The Florida Early Learning and Developmental Standards are a comprehensive set of early learning guidelines for children Birth to Five, formally adopted by the State Board of Education in 2011. The standards were created using multiple resources including Alaska and Washingtons state guidelines. Floridas Office of Early Learning published the standards in English and Spanish. The Office created a set of online courses for child care professionals to learn how to properly execute standards in a center-, classroom- and home-environment. Upon successful completion of all assessments associated with the online training, participants receive continuing education units (CEUs).

The Early Learning and Developmental Standards were designed to create a common framework for families and early childhood professionals to understand appropriate developmental expectations for typically developing children from birth to age five. The standards were created using the latest research on child development and developmentally appropriate standards. They are organized around five areas of development: physical development; approaches to learning; social and emotional development; language, communication, and emergent literacy; and cognitive development and general knowledge. The standards provide several examples for each domain and were designed in recognition of diversity (cultural, racial, ethnic, economic, language, and social background).

Reviewed February 2016

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