Idaho Early Childhood eGuidelines
The Idaho Early Learning eGuidelines conform with national models by organizing early childhood development into 5 key areas; Approaches to Learning and Cognitive Development; Physical Growth; Health and Well-being; Social and Emotional Development; General Knowledge (preacademic’s); and Communication, Language and Literacy (reading and writing). Development is holistic for the small child and all domains are interrelated. Recent brain development research emphasizes the importance of strong primary relationships and social emotional development, the sense of self as a competent learner, the ability to self-regulate and the foundational aspects on brain development included in Approaches to Learning as critical to future educational success. Idaho has developed a comprehensive research-based foundational document for our Early Learning eGuidelines (ELeGs) that provides a common language and framework for discussing and describing young children’s typical growth. The ELeGs are used to guide policy, pre-service and in-service development, and best practice at all levels of early childhood. These eGuidelines have been adopted as Idaho’s Early Learning Standards for Idaho’s Special Education Preschool Programs. In addition, they are carefully aligned with Head Start/Early Head Start School Readiness Goals, and the Head Start Early Learning Framework. The ELeGs offer guidance on child development from birth to kindergarten for schools, Head Start Programs, parents, child care providers, and professional development organizations. In addition, the eGuidelines expand and support the K-12 Idaho Core Standards by addressing early social and emotional development and approaches to learning and cognitive development through the primary grades. These address key developmental issues that are necessary for successful learning and are used extensively by our early special educators in the development of Individual Education Plans (IEPs).