Early Learning Standards
2014 Infant, Toddler and Pre-Kindergarten Learning Standards for Early Childhood
Pennsylvania's Learning Standards for Early Childhood are research-based according to age and development, and 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).
Public comment on the proposed 2014 Infant, Toddler and Pre-Kindergarten Standards was open for fifteen (15) calendar days beginning on May 15 and closing on May 30, 2014. The Office of Child Development and Early Learning received feedback from individuals representing higher education, early intervention, American Academy of Pediatrics, United Way, child care and Pennsylvania libraries. Feedback submitted was reviewed and used to make additional refinements to the standards.
All state-funded programs will have one year to transition to the 2014 Infant, Toddler and Pre-Kindergarten Standards. Required implementation of the 2014 Infant, Toddler and Pre-Kindergarten Standards begins July 1, 2015. In the meantime, all programs are encouraged to download and print the 2014 standards. As proposed in the Race to the Top – Early Learning Challenge grant, all state-funded programs will receive one copy of the 2014 Infant, Toddler and Pre-Kindergarten Standards. It is anticipated that print versions will be available beginning in 2015.
The Office of Child Development and Early Learning is currently convening a work group to develop a standards professional development plan. An asynchronous module will be recorded in August that highlights changes in the 2014 Infant, Toddler and Pre-Kindergarten Standards.
The Office of Child Development and Early Learning will announce greater detail on the long term professional development plans, focused on effective standards implementation, once it has been finalized.
For more information, please contact Maryanne Olley at firstname.lastname@example.org or 717.214.8434.
2009 Early Learning Standards
Infant-Toddler * Pre-Kindergarten * Kindergarten
Please note: The above photos link to the full color versions of the new standards. If you would like to download the standards in black & white or the full color versions in Spanish, please click on the links below.
First Grade * Second Grade
Early Learning Standards by age group that include the standards, continuum and posters can be ordered by visiting www.childcorepublishing.com.
Early Learning Standards
Family companion resources
The family activity resource guide Kindergarten Here I Come! and Kindergarten Here I Am! can be downloaded for free or copies are available for order by visiting www.childcorepublishing.com.
Learning is Everywhere is another resource available with ideas and activities for families.
Curriculum & Assessment