Oklahoma Early Learning Guidelines for Infants, Toddlers and Twos

A taskforce convened by the Oklahoma Department of Human Services Child Care Services developed the Oklahoma Early Learning Guidelines. A Review Workgroup was formed in September 2016 and met monthly to revise the Early Learning Guidelines. This was initiated due to comments and suggestions from the field, the 2016 Head Start Performance Standards, and the development of the Oklahoma Academic Standards which has replaced the PASS standards. Revision Committee members included representatives from the Center for Early Childhood Professional Development, Oklahoma Child Care Resource and Referral Association and its affiliates, Oklahoma Head Start/Early Head Start, Oklahoma State Department of Education, Oklahoma State Department of Health, Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education, Oklahoma Tribal Child Care Association, child care programs, community colleges and universities. Additional resources including other state’s Early Learning Guidelines were also added. This document has been developed to be used by all who touch the lives of Oklahoma’s infants, toddlers and two year olds. The word ‘teacher’ is used in the guidelines to represent parents, family members, educators, caregivers, program staff and caring adults who offer instruction, support and guidance to young children. These guidelines are intended to assist adults at all levels of knowledge and experience regarding what children may know and be able to do. The purpose is to enhance learning experiences for Oklahoma’s youngest children and help provide a safe, nurturing and developmentally appropriate environment. The Early Learning Guidelines provide examples of experiences that can be used to build relationships, develop purposeful play and guide program development. They should not be used as a curriculum or assessment. Infants, toddlers and two year olds are born ready to learn, and their capacity to learn is enriched by the teacher and the environment around them. Situations will arise throughout the day that can be considered ‘teachable moments’ or unplanned learning opportunities. These guidelines will assist parents and teachers in finding new ways to introduce everyday experiences and enhance teachable moments. Each section includes an area that will help the parent and teacher provide learning experiences. When or if materials are needed they may be purchased or homemade.