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Early Learning & Development Benchmarks (Birth-Kindergarten)

Early Learning & Development Benchmarks (Birth-Kindergarten)

Learning Goals / Benchmarks from Birth to KindergartenFrom the Introduction:

"Without a doubt, the early years –from birth to age five – are the most extraordinary period of growth and development in a child’s lifetime. Infants begin life totally dependent on adults, and then, seemingly miraculously, develop into children with abilities to walk, talk, write, express themselves, and communicate with the world around them. So amazing is human development during this period, some have called these years the "magic years." While this rapid change once seemed mysterious, today we know much more about how children grow and develop."





The Early Learning and Development Benchmarks - A Guide to Young Children’s Learning and Development: From Birth to Kindergarten Entry was developed for Washington State and Development Benchmarks Advisory Panel. It is based on the latest early learning science.


Sharon Lynn Kagan, Ed.D.
Pia Rebello Britto, Ph.D.
Kristie Kauerz, M.A.
Kate Tarrant, M.P.A.
National Center for Children and Families
Teachers College, Columbia University


Learning Goals /Benchmarks Covered by Age

Physical Well-Being, Health, and Motor Development
Social and Emotional Development
Approaches Towards Learning
Cognition and General Knowledge
Language, Communication, and Literacy



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