Standards, curricula, and assessments greatly influence the content and nature of children's learning experiences. However, when addressing the full pre-school through 3rd grade continuum, there are multiple, often disjointed, approaches to standards, curricula, and assessments. For example, when considering standards for what children should know and be able to do, at a minimum, there are state early learning guidelines, state-adopted K-12 standards (e.g., Common Core State Standards or other), and the Head Start Child Outcomes Framework that must be negotiated and incorporated into effective teaching strategies.
P-3 Framework Goal: Standards, curricula, and assessments focus on both academic and social-emotional skills, and are aligned to create instructional coherence, pre-school through 3rd grade.
The following resources highlight and support the importance of aligned, meaningful, developmentally informed instructional tools in comprehensive P-3 approaches: