Providers & Educators

The Colorado Early Learning and Development Guidelines provide a valuable tool to help you help the children in your care develop successfully.

The Guidelines were created from the bottom up by Coloradans who, like you, work with and on behalf of young children and families. For the first time, these early childhood advocates and experts have woven together research and knowledge about child growth and development from birth through age eight.

The Guidelines don’t replace accepted models and standards like the Head Start Child Development and Early Learning Framework and the Colorado Academic Standards. Rather, the Guidelines build on them, demonstrating how they can work together to be even more effective.

Because they offer age-appropriate strategies and tips, it’s easy to integrate the Guidelines into what you do every day.

By aligning your practices with the Guidelines – and highlighting these resources to families and coworkers – you can ensure that we’re all working as a team to support the development of Colorado’s young children and families.


Note: It is important to arrange for regular health and developmental exams with a health care provider. These are usually part of a well-child visit and can include vision, hearing and oral health screenings.

Questions? Concerns?

The Guidelines describe how a typical child develops but it is important to understand that each child learns and develops at his or her own individual pace. Since each child is different, caregivers should talk with a health care provider or other trusted professional about any questions or concerns. For more information about questions or concerns you may have, please contact us.