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Guiding Principles for the Development of Prekindergarten Learning Standards in New York State

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
environment.
 
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.