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District of Columbia Common Core Early Learning Standards (DC CCELS)


The revised edition of the District of Columbia Common Core Early Learning Standards is a response to the evolution of the standards movement in early childhood education throughout the country. For the first time since 2007, the District of Columbia Common Core Early Learning Standards show the continuum of learning and development expected of all young children, from birth through grade three. They include alignment with the Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts and Mathematics (2010). They are also aligned with The Head Start Child Development and Early Learning Framework (2010), thus ensuring that all children will receive the same standards-based instruction regardless of program auspices.

The Early Learning Standards include indicators for infants, toddlers, two-year-olds, preschoolers (3s & 4s) and the exit expectations for children leaving pre-kindergarten and kindergarten. The standards provide parents and teachers with a sense of what children should know and be able to do at various ages and grade levels. The Early Learning Standards focus on the whole child and include a broad range of domains because young children’s learning and development are interrelated and cross all domains of learning. The Early Learning Standards acknowledge the essential role of the teacher in intentionally guiding children’s learning and development in a high-quality environment.


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