New York State Early Learning Guidelines

New York Overview

New York State has two sets of milestones that early childhood education providers can follow:

  1. New York State Early Learning Guidelines
  2. New York State Pre-K Foundation for the Common Core

New York State Early Learning Guidelines

This document was written by the New York Early Childhood Professional Development Institute (PDI) is a public-private partnership that includes city agencies, private funders and the City University of New York (CUNY). Its goal is provide a comprehensive system of professional development for individuals involved in early childhood education.

New York Early Learning Guidelines cover pageThe New York Early Learning Guidelines outline a number of milestones in fiver domains:

Domain I – Physical Well-Being, Health, and Motor Development – referring to the overall bodily condition of the child and how the child moves his body

Domain II – Social and Emotional Development – referring to the child’s ability to express and regulate his feelings and his ability to develop relationships with others

Domain III – Approaches to Learning – referring to the child’s intrinsic qualities and how those a ect his learning and acquisition of knowledge

Domain IV – Cognition and General Knowledge – referring to the child’s ability to acquire knowledge by thinking about, understanding, and interacting with the world

Domain V – Language, Communication,
and Literacy – referring to the child’s ability to convey feeling or thought by speaking, gesturing, or writing so that the child is clearly understood and also able to interpret what others are communicating verbally, with gestures, or in writing

These five domains are separated into three age groups: • Infancy (Birth to 18 months), Toddlerhood (18 months to 3years)  and Preschool Age (3 to 5years).

Download the NY ELG PDF here.

New York State Prekindergarten Foundation for the Common Core

New York State Prekindergarten Common Core StandardsNew State rewrote its Pre-K Learning Standards document in 2011 to fully connect with K-12 common core standards.  The New York State Prekindergarten Foundation for the Common Core is organized into five broad developmental and interrelated domains:

  1. Approaches to Learning
  2. Physical Development and Health
  3. Social and Emotional Development
  4. Communication, Language, and Literacy
  5. Cognition and Knowledge of the World

The New York State Prekindergarten Foundation for the Common Core provides a framework that focuses on learning and development for the 4 year old child. The document includes a sample instructional unit and instructional template. Download the document here.

Other New York Resources:

New York City Pre-K For All

The New York City Pre-K For All program has its own standards, called the Pre-K for All Program Quality Standards.

These standards describe the key practices of:

  • family engagement,
  • rigorous and developmentally appropriate instruction,
  • professional collaborations, and
  • leadership

that help children meet the milestones outlined in the New York State Prekindergarten Foundation for the Common Core (PKFCC). Grounded in the NYCDOE’s vision for school improvement across the pre-K to 12 continuum, the DOE Framework for Great Schools, the Pre-K for All Program Quality Standards establish a shared set of expectations for pre-K programs across all settings.

You can download the Pre-K For All Quality Standards here.

QUALITYstarsNY QRIS For New York State

QUALITYstarsNY logoIn 2005, New State joined the QRIS movement, a program that uses assessment, coaching, professional development, and a wide range of resources to help early childhood programs provide the best possible care for children from birth to age five.

Starting in 2017, joining QUALITYstarsNY has become easier.  Their Start with Stars program training and other resources to help kickstart a process of continuous improvement.

Here are the center-based QUALITYstarsNY standards.  They cover all aspects of being a successful early childhood education provider. Note, centers are expected to use a curriculum that aligns with Prekindergarten Foundation for the Common Core and/or the New York State Early Learning Guidelines.

      Educa helps educators incorporate the New York standards into their communication with parents, creating understanding and engagement.
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