Wisconsin Model Early Learning Standards

The basis for the development of the WMELS is a set of guiding principles that specify beliefs and values about young children in Wisconsin. The primary principles are as follows:
• All children are capable and competent.
• Early relationships matter.
• A child’s early learning and development is multidimensional.
• Expectations for children must be guided by knowledge of child growth and development.
• Children are individuals who develop at various rates.
• Children are members of cultural groups that share developmental patterns.
• Children exhibit a range of skills and competencies within any domain of development.
• Children learn through play and the active exploration of their environment.
• Parents are children’s primary and most important caregivers and educators. A more detailed description of the WMELS Guiding Principles is located on page 10 of the Introduction Section.