Florida Early Learning and Developmental Standards
Florida’s Early Learning and Developmental Standards are organized into five domains, or areas of development. These domains include the following: Physical Development; Approaches to Learning; Social and Emotional Development; Language and Communication; Cognitive Development and General Knowledge. Each domain is divided into sub-domains that focus on specific areas. The Standards themselves are found within those sub-domains. The Standards can be used in multiple ways by a variety of audiences. This includes the following:
• The Standards can help adults understand what children may be able to do, and what to expect as they develop. While the Standards are not designed to be a screening or an assessment tool, they can serve to help adults understand the typical order of development during the early years.
• The Standards can guide parents, caregivers, and teachers as they plan intentional and appropriate experiences for young children, based on an understanding of each child’s developmental accomplishments and anticipated next steps.
• The Standards can be a useful tool for enriching the experiences of young children with special needs. These children tend to develop less or more rapidly, or even out of sequence in the various domains. Understanding and planning for these children can help all who participate in early care and education programs.
• The Standards create a common language for parents, caregivers, and teachers. A hallmark of sound, early experiences is that the adults who care about young children work together to ensure a seamless and enriching early experience – one that is based on nurturing relationships and active exploration of a changing world. Having a shared language for communication increases the probability that these adult partnerships will be successful.