NJ Birth to Three Early Learning Standards
Purpose and Goals
The New Jersey Birth to Three Early Learning Standards provide a common framework for understanding and communicating developmentally appropriate expectations for infants and toddlers. Although this manual is referred to as “standards”, it is important to view it as a framework for developmental milestones. According to the State of New Jersey this framework is based on research about child growth and development. Competencies or skills in different domains of development are highlighted in the manual.
Download New Jersey Birth to Three Early Learning Standards
NJ Birth to Three Early Learning Standards (2013). Retrieved from https://www.nj.gov/education/ece/guide/standards/birth/standards.pdf
NAEYC Position Statement on Developmentally Appropriate Practice
Purpose and Goals
The National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC’s) position statement has been the hallmark of developmentally appropriate practice. The fundamental premise of NAEYC’s position statement has been to advocate for classroom practices that are focused on young children’s developmental stage rather than children’s chronological age. Research shows that young children’s thinking is vastly different from older children’s thinking. As a result NAEYC’s position statement serves as a platform that can shift a generalized one-size-fits-all approach classroom approach to a more child-centered approach to teaching and learning that is centered on children’s needs, interests, and abilities.
Download NAEYC’s Developmentally Appropriate Practice in Early Childhood Programs Serving Children from Birth through Age 8
National Association for the Education of Young Children (2009). Developmentally Appropriate Practice in Early Childhood Programs Serving Children from Birth through Age 8. Retrieved from https://www.naeyc.org/sites/default/files/globally-shared/downloads/PDFs/resources/position-statements/PSDAP.pdf