Minnesota Early Learning Standards:
The Early Childhood Indicators of Progress
The Early Childhood Indicators or Progress provide a framework for understanding a developmentally appropriate expectations for children ages 3 – 5 years. “It is expected that most children will meet the majority of these expectations by the end of the pre-kindergarte year.” The goals of these research-based standards are in alignment with our state K-12 Kindergarten Academic Standards.
Children develop in similar stages. However, it is important to remember that each child will develop at their own pace and that this development is influenced by their family, their culture, and the community they live in. (National Association for the Education of Young Children, 1996).
The Early Childhood Indicators of Progress (ECIPs) are divided into six domains that reflect the full range of child development as recommended by national guidelines (Kagan, Moore, & Bredekamp, 1995). Please click on a domain to find out how children can learn these concepts and skills through play and what parents (a child’s true first teachers) can do to support this development.
(Emotional Development, Self-Concept, Social Competence and Relationships)
Social and Emotional Development
Approaches to Learning
(Curiosity,Risk-Taking, Imagination & Invention, Persistence, Reflection & Interpretation)
Language and Literacy Development
(Listening, Speaking, Emergent Reading, Emergent Writing)
Creativity and the Arts
(Creating, Responding, Evaluating)
(Mathematical & Logical Thinking, Scientific Thinking & Problem-Solving, Social Systems Understanding)
Physical and Motor Development
(Gross Motor Development, Fine Motor Development, Physical Healthy & Well Being)
Click here for access to the complete listing of standards.