The West Virginia Early Learning Standards are grounded in scientific research of child development, children’s approaches to learning and effective educational practices. Vital to implementing these standards is the ability to teach using appropriate strategies. The foremost goal for West Virginia’s children is to be lifelong learners. Young children live in a society where information is constantly changing and the ability to function well in an increasingly global economy is essential. Children must have the ability to continuously learn. Therefore, it is essential that children develop skills which allow them to become competent, independent learners capable of higher intellectual functions. To fulfill this role, teachers of young children must also be lifelong learners, continuously building their professional knowledge and functional competencies based on current research. The Early Learning Standards Framework is intended to guide practitioners in offering high quality early education environments and educational experiences that are responsive to individual children and maximize learning and skill development. Using this standards framework, educators can plan high quality learning experiences designed to promote school readiness skills for all children, including children with disabilities. The framework is not designed as an assessment tool, nor should it be used as a way to delay the entry of eligible children into kindergarten. The Early Learning Standards Framework is considered an integral part of an inter-related comprehensive curriculum and assessment system as defined by WVDE Policy 2525.