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Standards for Preschool Children's Learning and Development: Who Has Standards, How Were They Developed, and How Are They Used?


Authors:   Catherine Scott-Little, Sharon Lynn Kagan, Victoria Stebbins Frelow

Efforts to guide early care and education programs have primarily outlined standards for program operations and curricula rather than specific skills expected from children. Without national consensus on what young children should know and be able to do, numerous state agencies and organizations have developed their own descriptions of what preschool children should learn. This study was prompted by the absence of a national report or comprehensive source of data delineating how individual states are responding to the need for early learning standards.

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Product Specifics

Publisher: Regional Educational Laboratory Southeast
Number of pages: 137
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early childhood specialists in state departments of education, policymakers inbolbed in developing standards

Key Ideas:

  • Most states now have developed early learning standards.
  • There is some variation in the way that states developed their standards.
  • There also is variation in how states use and implement their standards.

Ways to use:

Guide policy regarding early learning standards


For additional resources, visit our Early Childhood Education section.

APA Citation:

Scott-Little, C., Kagan, S. (2003). Standards for preschool children's learning and development: Who has standards, how were they developed, and how are they used. Greensboro, NC: Regional Educational Laboratory Southeast.

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