Montana Early Learning Standards

MELS provide a structure that frames the amazing developmental process from birth to age 5 as the foundation for children’s success in life and learning.  MELS are meant to: Provide a common language and improve communication among the professionals who impact and provide services to young children and their families; Build upon early childhood professionals’ understanding of the continuum of children’s growth and development; Serve as a resource for ways to enhance children’s early learning experiences; Describe the expectations for what young children should know and be able to do across deferent domains of learning; Support the transfer of child development knowledge to improve teaching and caregiving practices and encourage individualization; Provide information and context for the range of skills children develop from birth to age 5.  MELS y do not provide a comprehensive or exhaustive list of every skill children might achieve in the rest years of life.