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ERIC Number: ED517016
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Aug
Pages: 170
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
Pennsylvania Early Learning Standards for Pre-Kindergarten
Pennsylvania Department of Education
Over 30 years of research confirms the foundational importance of early education and care for children's school and life success. As Pennsylvania seeks to emphasize its early learning programs, a standards-based approach to pre-kindergarten programs is vital. Children are born with an incredible capacity and desire to learn. It is critical that their first steps are in the right direction. Research-based standards are essential to building the foundation for a strong start--one that effectively provides children with skills and gives them the confidence to stay the course, graduate from high school or college, and contribute productively to communities and workplaces. This document presents the Pennsylvania Early Learning Standards for Pre-Kindergarten. The Early Learning Standards were developed as a joint project of the Departments of Education and Public Welfare as part of Governor Rendell's commitment to early childhood education and care. The Early Learning Standards are meant to guide the development of pre-kindergarten programs, and were developed by a Task Force consisting of early childhood practitioners and administrators, policy analysts and researchers, and university faculty. The Task Force membership is listed in Appendix A. Support for the development of the standards was provided through the national Build Initiative, which is a multi-state partnership that helps states construct a coordinated system of programs and policies that responds to the needs of young children.
Pennsylvania Department of Education. 333 Market Street, Harrisburg, PA 17126-0333. Tel: 717-783-6788; Web site:
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Early Childhood Education; Preschool Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Pennsylvania Department of Education; Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare
Identifiers - Location: Pennsylvania