Early learning standards help parents, caregivers and educators prepare young children for success
Iowa early childhood leaders have revised statewide standards for the development and learning of children below kindergarten age so that the standards are relevant to parents, families and caregivers in addition to educators.
The revised Iowa Early Learning Standards, announced today, describe the typical behavior, knowledge and skills in children from birth through age 5 that set the stage for success in school, as well as ways that adults can support learning and development during those critical early years.
The standards, first released in 2006 and last revised in 2012, were written through a partnership of stakeholders who make up Early Childhood Iowa. This includes the Iowa Department of Education.
“The new version aims to be more useful to parents, families, and other caregivers who play a key role in a child’s development and instruction,” Iowa Department of Education Director Ryan Wise said. “I’m grateful that through collaboration with our early childhood partners we have a set of tools to help all Iowans understand how a child develops and how they can contribute to that development.”
The early childhood partners share an understanding that birth through age 5 is a window of opportunity to set every child on a path toward success in life, said Rick Roghair, professional development manager for the Iowa Association for the Education of Young Children.
“As a former teacher, school principal and child care center director, I saw every day how critical the first five years are in the life of every child,” Roghair said. “We have only one opportunity to provide valuable experiences. The standards can help every adult in Iowa learn more.”
The Iowa Early Learning Standards are aligned with statewide standards for what students should know and be able to do in kindergarten through 12th grade. The Iowa Early Learning Standards cover eight content areas:
- Physical well-being and motor development
- Approaches to learning
- Social and emotional development
- Communication, language and literacy
- Creative arts
- Social studies
Read this news update for more information about the standards.