Contact Info:

Kara Williams

Where This Work Takes Place:

  • Oregon

Oregon’s Early Learning and Kindergarten Guidelines are for everyone who interacts with children ages three to six. Through alignment of and, in some cases, adjustments or additions to the goals and progressions identified in the Head Start Early Learning Outcomes Framework and the Kindergarten grade-level standards identified in the Common Core State Standards, this document offers a shared view of and common vocabulary for child development and learning from age 3 through the end of kindergarten.

The Early Learning and Kindergarten Guidelines include a continuum of development and learning in five domains:

  • Approaches to Learning
  • Social-Emotional Development
  • Language and Communication
  • Literacy
  • Mathematics
The highlighted boxes below are areas of focus in this P-3 approach:


  • Infants (0-1)*
  • Toddlers (2-3)*
  • Preschool/PreK for 3-year-olds*
  • Preschool/PreK for 4-year-olds*
  • Kindergarten
  • 1st Grade
  • 2nd Grade
  • 3rd Grade

*see next column for specific early learning partners

*Early Learning Partners

  • Early Head Start
  • Head Start
  • State-Funded PreK
  • Private Birth-to-5 Programs
  • Community Birth-to-5 Programs
  • School-Based PreK Programs
  • Faith-Based Programs
  • Family Child Care
  • Family, Friend, or Neighbor Care


  • Cross-Sector Work
  • Administrator Effectiveness
  • Teacher Effectiveness
  • Alignment of Standards, Curricula, and/or Assessments
  • Learning Environments
  • Data-Driven Improvement
  • Engaged Families
  • Dual Language Learners
  • Children with Special Needs
  • Expansion of High Quality PreK
  • Expansion of High Quality Full-Day Kindergarten
  • Transitions Between Ages/Grades

Child Outcomes

  • Language and Literacy
  • Math
  • Social and Emotional
  • STEM
  • Engagement / Attendance