NH Early Learning Standards

We believe that the NH Early Learning Standards should: 

  • Respect and be inclusive of diverse families, cultures, languages, perspectives, and abilities; 
  • Build from what we know about young children’s development and respect the holistic nature of early learning and the key role of play; 
  • Provide a tool for families, early childhood professionals, and elementary school teachers to use in understanding developmentally appropriate expectations of children in order to successfully transition from early childhood programs to elementary schools; 
  • Inform adults’ intentional practice with children and knowledge of child development; 
  • Include domains that are meaningful to the respective developmental stages and be responsive to developmental expectations included in the 11 domains expected by the Federal Office of Child Care;
  • Be user friendly, including accessible language that is clear and straightforward for families, teachers, and other early childhood professionals; 
  • Align* with NH College and Career Ready Standards, Head Start Child Development & Early Learning Framework, and preschool special education outcomes; 
  • Be responsive to the skills and knowledge young children need for success in a changing world; and 
  • Be informed by the current research. *For the purposes of these guiding principles, the word ‘align’ will mean “to bring into desirable relation, to harmonize the aims and practices of two systems.” 

This means, therefore, that we are not seeking a one to one correspondence between an early childhood developmental indicator and an elementary school standard, but, instead, are seeking to assure that early childhood and elementary school teachers are attending to the same domains and subject areas.