Guidelines for Healthy Child Development and Care For Young Children (Birth – Three Years of Age)

Maryland

The Guidelines for Healthy Child Development and Care for Young Children (Birth – Three Years of Age) was originally compiled in 2004 by a workgroup composed of early childhood professionals, to be compatible with the Maryland Model for School Readiness (MMSR) and the Maryland State Curriculum, making the guidelines an important part of a Birth-Grade 12 learning continuum. The guidelines also met the expectations of the No Child Left behind Act, National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), and the National Association of Early Childhood Specialists in State Departments of Education (NAECS/SDE), which were stated in a joint position paper of November 2002. The Guidelines were updated in 2007. Early learning guidelines can be a valuable part of a comprehensive high quality system of services for young children, contributing to young children’s educational experiences and to their future success. But these results can be achieved only if the early learning standards
(1) Emphasize significant, developmentally appropriate content and outcomes;
(2) Are developed and reviewed through informed, inclusive processes;
(3) Use implementation and assessment strategies that are ethical and appropriate for young children; and
(4) Are accompanied by strong supports for early childhood programs, professionals, and families.

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