Oregon's Early Learning Standards....and You!
Oregon adopted the Head Start Early Learning Outcomes Framework: Ages Birth to Five as its early standards for child development for child development and incorporated it into Oregon's Early Learning Standards document.
The early learning standards are grounded in comprehensive research around what young children should know and be able to do during their early years in order to be successful in school and in life. The Framework provides comprehensive yet manageable coverage of child outcomes that align with kindergarten expectations. It also emphasizes inclusion of all children including those from diverse linguistic, economic, and cultural backgrounds, as well as those who may be experiencing disabilities.
A free, self-paced, online training course on Oregon’s Early Learning Standards is available on the Learning with OCCD management site at: http://campus.educadium.com/OCCD/. Once you get to the Learning with OCCD site, click on Oregon’s Early Learning Standards course.
This course will provide 2 hours of Set One (introductory) professional development in the core knowledge category of Personal, Professional and Leadership Development (PPLD). The course introduces the Head Start Early Learning Outcomes Framework: Ages Birth to Five components, the intended purpose of the framework, and some suggested uses of the framework for early childhood educators and families.
The Framework describes the skills, behaviors, and knowledge ALL children ages birth to five years can develop as outcomes or standards and focuses on five central developmental domains:
· Approaches to Learning
· Social and Emotional Development
· Language and Literacy
· Perception, Motor, and Physical Development
The course also reviews interesting research on the critical development of the young child’s brain and body, setting the stage for the importance of supporting learning in the early years. This training ties information about how children learn with examples of activities and strategies for using the standards to do program planning that supports child development.
This training could be a valuable tool for you as a trainer serving early childhood educators. If you are not familiar with Oregon’s Early Learning Standards, we encourage you to take this training.
You can use the information to develop your own trainings. Also, think about how you can promote this introductory training as a first step to exploring early learning standards and build upon it with more in-depth information. For example, you may want to design a training for early childhood educators that takes the introductory information to the next level, such as examining the standards in relationship to diverse learners and using them to plan activities for children.