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Early Learning and Development Standards
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Early Learning and Development Standards

These standards describe key concepts and skills that young children develop during the birth-to-five-year period.

Early Learning and Development Standards On October 9, 2012, the State Board of Education adopted Ohio’s Early Learning and Development Standards in all domains of school readiness to reflect the comprehensive development of children beginning at birth to kindergarten entry.

The development of these early childhood education standards represented a collaboration between state agencies serving young children including Ohio Department of Education, Ohio Department of Job and Family Services, Ohio Department of Health, Ohio Department of Mental Health, Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities, and the Governor’s Office of Health Transformation. The state agencies worked with national experts and writing teams made up of Ohio-based content experts and stakeholders to revise and expand the standards.