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.
- Why the Guidelines matter Learn about how and why the Guidelines’ were created
- How the Guidelines align Learn about the existing standards and models that were used to develop the Guidelines
- How to use the Guidelines in your work Learn how to align your practices with the Guidelines
- Explore the Guidelines Review the details about all the areas of child development
- Materials for providers & educators Customize and print materials for parents and coworkers
- Other resources for providers & educators