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North Carolina Foundations for Early Learning and Development

The 2013 North Carolina Foundations for Early Learning and Development is now available. This version updates and combines the previous Foundations documents (i.e., the 2005 Foundations: Early Learning Standards for North Carolina Preschoolers and Strategies Guiding Their Success, and the 2007 Infant Toddler Foundations: Guidelines for Development and Learning for North Carolina's Infants and Toddlers). The revised Foundations spans birth to age 5 and includes goals, developmental indicators, and strategies in five developmental domains:

Approaches to Play and Learning

Emotional and Social Development

Health and Physical Development

Language Development and Communication

Cognitive Development

Foundations

The North Carolina Foundations for Early Learning and Development, a common set of Goals and Developmental Indicators for children beginning at birth, is a shared vision for what children should learn before they enter kindergarten. Research shows that children who experience high-quality care and education, and who enter school well prepared, are more successful in school and later in their lives. Parents, educators, administrators, and policy makers working together can provide experiences that help children be well prepared for success in school and life.

Foundations can be used to:

  • Improve teachers' knowledge of child development
  • Guide teachers' plans for implementing curricula
  • Establish goals for children's development and learning that are shared across programs and services
  • Inform parents and other family members on age-appropriate expectations for children's development and learning