The following is an overview of the Guiding Principles for the Development of
Prekindergarten Learning Standards in New York State:
1. All children are capable of learning, achieving and making developmental progress.
2. Children develop at different rates and each child is unique in his/her own development, growth, and acquisition of skills.
3. Children are active learners. A primary approach to learning is
through purposeful play. Intentional planning promotes rich learning
experiences that invite participation, involve multiple contexts, and
engage the senses that help children explore their
4. Early learning and development are multi-dimensional. Children’s
learning is integrated and occurs simultaneously across all domains,
which are interrelated and interactive with one another.
5. Children learn in the context of interactions and relationships with
family members, caregivers, teachers, and other children in their
immediate environment and in their community.
6. The family is a significant contributor to children’s lifelong
learning and development. Actively engaging parents in the early
education of their children is essential to children’s success in the
elementary classroom and later learning.