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Washington's Early Learning and Development Benchmarks (Birth to Kindergarten Entry)

Feb 9, 2016

Regulations & Standards resource information on state policies and initiatives that impact infants, toddlers and their families

The state Department of Early Learning (DEL), in partnership with OSPI and Thrive by Five Washington, has published the Early Learning and Development Guidelines for children from birth through third grade. The guidelines replace the Early Learning and Development Benchmarks, which were first created in 2005 to outline what children know and are able to do at different stages of their development. The guidelines’ easy-to-read format better supports parents as their childs first and most important teachers with information about what children can do and learn at different stages of development. The current version of the guidelines represents the states efforts to ensure the document is reflective and inclusive of the unique racial, ethnic and other special populations residing in Washingtons communities. In addition, the document was updated to ensure alignment with the states Early Learning Plan and other relevant federal, state and Tribal learning standards, including Common Core Standards. For additional information, visit: http://www.del.wa.gov/publications/development/docs/Guidelines.pdf

Updated October 2013 Updated January 2016

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