According to studies by the National Research Council and the Institute of Medicine, children who attend high-quality early childhood programs, where curriculum aims are integrated across the domains, learn more and are better prepared to master the complex demands of formal schooling. Recommendations call for addressing cognitive, social-emotional, and physical development as mutually supportive areas that require active attention in the preschool years.
— “Fulfilling the Promise of Preschool” (2006), National Association of State Boards of Education

Guiding Principles

  1. All young children are capable of learning.
  2. Children show individual differences in development.
  3. Knowledge of child growth and development is essential for program development and implementation.
  4. Children’s language skills are the best predictors of academic success.
  5. Developmental gains are highly interrelated.
  6. Young children learn by doing.
  7. Families are the primary caregivers and educators of their young children.

Primary Sources

  1. Guidelines for Preschool Learning Experiences
  2. Massachusetts Common Core Standards

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