Early learning is the foundation of Rhode Island’s entire educational system. The Standards will serve several purposes in the state’s early childhood part of that system. First and foremost, these revised standards will guide early care and education practices, such as curriculum and assessment choices, to ensure children receive every opportunity to make progress in the designated learning domains. These standards also can support the understanding among caregivers and family members** of key early learning milestones. Additionally, the standards inform primary grade teachers of the educational trajectory of the state’s youngest learners so that these teachers are even better prepared to serve all children. The following guidance clarifies the intended