Preschool Learning Foundations

Head Start Child Development and Early Learning Framework and the California Preschool Learning Foundations Alignment

Available for your use is an alignment of the Head Start Child Development and Early Learning Framework with the California Preschool Learning Foundations, developed by WestEd through a process facilitated by the California Head Start Collaboration Office in partnership with the California Head Start Association and the California Center of the Office of Head Start Training and Technical Assistance Network.

This document supports Head Start education managers and education supervisors by demonstrating the ways in which these two sources align with each other, and the ways in which they share similar goals for children in all areas of learning and development. The alignment of the Head Start Early Learning Framework with the California Preschool Learning Foundations provides a valuable resource to facilitate the coordinated and aligned functioning of all the components of education in an early childhood program –curriculum goals, teaching strategies, and assessment.


Preschool Learning Foundations and Curriculum Framework, Volume 2, available on CDE/CDE Web site

The California Preschool Learning Foundations, Volume 2 (PDF; 1MB; 126pp.) focuses on the domains of visual and performing arts, physical development, and health and its companion publication the California Preschool Curriculum Framework, Volume 2 (PDF; 11MB; 303pp.) Both documents can be accessed through the CDD Publications Web page http://www.cde.ca.gov/sp/cd/re/cddpublications.asp under Preschool Resources.


Resources now available on the CDE/CDD Internet Web site

Accessible PDF versions of the Child Development Division (CDD) publications California Preschool Curriculum Framework, Volume 1, and the 2nd edition of the resource guide, Preschool English Learners: Principles and Practices to Promote Language, Literacy, and Learning (English | Spanish), have been posted to the California Department of Education/CDD Internet Web site.

Both documents can be accessed through the CDD Resources Web page http://www.cde.ca.gov/sp/cd/re/ under Preschool Resources.


Preschool Curriculum Framework Information PowerPoint

This presentation provides an orientation to the California Preschool Curriculum Framework, Volume 1. The Curriculum Framework chapters provide information to support children's learning in the areas described in the California Preschool Learning Foundations, Volume 1. This PowerPoint provides the first four domains: Social-Emotional Development, Language and Literacy, English-Language Development, and Mathematics. Preschool Curriculum Framework, Volume 1, Book Walk (ppt)


Preschool Learning Foundations Information PowerPoints (ppt)

The 3-hour Foundations Overview and the 1-hour Foundations Overview PowerPoints are now available for download. You may also download a 15 minute information session about the Preschool Learning Foundations. Both presentations include ordering information for a print version of the Preschool Learning Foundations.

Preschool Learning Foundation Maps

One (1) page maps of the available Preschool Learning Foundations:


Dear Colleague,

On January 22, 2008, State Superintendent of Public Instruction Jack O'Connell formally released the California Preschool Learning Foundations. Superintendent O'Connell stated that these foundations offer our early childhood educators a clear understanding of what our youngest learners should know before entering kindergarten.

In an effort to partner with parents in the education of their preschool children, key sections of the publication are available and have been translated to support parents' understanding of the preschool learning foundations, their purpose, and what they describe as the knowledge and skills that children typically attain at 48 and 60 months of age. The translations include traditional Chinese, simplified Chinese, Hmong, Korean, Pilipino (Tagalog), Spanish, and Vietnamese, and are based on the prevalent non-English languages spoken by parents of preschool children in California.

Foreword by State Superintendent of Public Instruction Jack O'Connell
Available Translations of the Foreword by State Superintendent of Public Instruction Jack O'Connell

Introduction to the Preschool Learning Foundations, Volume 1
Available Translations of the Introduction to the Preschool Learning Foundations, Volume 1

Appendix to the Preschool Learning Foundations, Volume 1(DOC; 151KB; 17pp.)
Available Translations of the Appendix to the Preschool Learning Foundations, Volume 1

History

In 2004, Jack O'Connell, State Superintendent of Public Instruction, initiated the process to develop the Preschool Learning Foundations.

The purpose of California's Preschool Learning Foundations is to provide the child development field with research-based competencies—knowledge and skills—that we can expect most children to exhibit in a quality program as they complete their first or second year of preschool.

The foundations were developed over a three-year period using an inclusive and deliberative input process, including four statewide stakeholder meetings, 53 public input sessions held throughout the state, four public hearings, and public comment in April, May, and November 2007, through the California Department of Education's (CDE) Web site. Input from the various review opportunities was considered and incorporated as appropriate.

 

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