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Pennsylvania's Early Learning Standards

Feb 9, 2016

Pennsylvania's Learning Standards for Early Childhood are research-based according to age and development, and they form the foundation for curriculum, assessment, instruction and intervention within early care and education programs.

Pennsylvania’s Learning Standards for Early Childhood are research-based according to age and development, and they form the foundation for curriculum, assessment, instruction and intervention within early care and education programs. The 2009 Infant, Toddler and Pre-Kindergarten Standards were revised to reflect current research-based content and integration and to align with the Pennsylvania Core Standards.

The 2014 Pre-Kindergarten standards mirror the standards found on the Standards Aligned System (SAS) in the learning domains of English Language Arts, Mathematics, Science (including Environment and Ecology), Social Studies, and Social and Emotional Development. Refinements also have been made to: Partnerships for Learning (Family Engagement); Approaches to Learning Through Play; Creative Thinking and Expression; and Health, Wellness and Physical Development. In addition, the 2014 Infant, Toddler and Pre-Kindergarten Standards ensure appropriate inclusion for all early care and education programming (home-visiting, Early Intervention, limited English proficiency).

All state-funded programs had one year to transition to the 2014 Infant, Toddler and Pre-Kindergarten Standards. Required implementation of the 2014 Infant, Toddler and Pre-Kindergarten Standards began July 1, 2015.

Updated January 2016

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