Introduction

Each state provides early learning guidelines and resources related to early childhood education. This toolkit gathers that information from all 50 states and the District of Columbia, providing easy access for early childhood educators across the nation. Resources for each state include:

  • Child outcomes (the early learning guidelines).
  • Separate adult guidance documents for implementing the early learning guidelines.
  • Multimedia adult guidance for implementing the early learning guidelines — videos, tutorials, toolkits, etc.
  • Crosswalks that align the early learning child outcomes with other child outcome documents (Head Start, Common Core, etc.).
  • Prekindergarten program guidelines.
  • Teacher competency indicators.
  • State provided resource links.
  • The webpage of the office/party that has disseminated the early learning guidelines.

If you have questions or would like to request edits to the toolkit, please contact Maie Lee.

States of Note
The following states offer tools that we believe could be particularly useful for educators of any state. Though the tools were developed by specific states for their specific guidelines, this information can be used, adapted and applied to any state. Moreover, states can use these tools as a reference to create similar documents or tools for their own guidelines.

These tools include:

Guidelines for children with disabilities
  • New Hampshire
Guidelines for English language learners
  • Connecticut
  • Pennsylvania
  • South Dakota
Sample activities
  • Alaska
  • Florida
  • Georgia
  • Mississippi
Sample lesson plans/templates
  • Arizona
  • New Mexico
  • Pennsylvania
Online training tools
  • Florida
  • North Carolina
  • Texas
6+ types of resources
  • California
  • Colorado
  • Nebraska
  • North Carolina
  • Pennsylvania
  • Wisconsin
Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas
Alabama

Child outcomes State-provided resource Responsible department/office
Separate adult guidance documents, multimedia adult guidance, crosswalks, prekindergarten program guidelines, and teacher competency indicators could not be located for Alabama.

Alaska

Child outcomes Adult guidance State-provided resource Responsible department/office
Multimedia adult guidance, crosswalks, prekindergarten program guidelines, and teacher competency indicators could not be located for Alaska.

Arizona

Child outcomes (Crosswalk is within the child outcomes standards documents) Adult guidance Program guidelines State-provided resource Responsible department/office
Multimedia adult guidance and teacher competency indicators could not be located for Arizona.

Arkansas

Child outcomes State-provided resource Responsible department/office
Separate adult guidance documents, multimedia adult guidance, crosswalks, prekindergarten program guidelines and teacher competency indicators could not be located for Arkansas.

Updated Oct. 1, 2014
California, Colorado, Connecticut
California

Child outcomes Adult guidance Crosswalk Program guidelines Teacher competency indicators State-provided resource Responsible department/office
Multimedia adult guidance could not be located for California.

Colorado

Child outcomes Adult guidance Multimedia adult guidance Program guidelines State-provided resource Responsible department/office
Crosswalk and teacher competency indicators could not be located for Colorado.

Connecticut

Child outcomes
Adult guidance Program guidelines Responsible department/office
Multimedia adult guidance and teacher competency indicators could not be located for Connecticut.

Updated Oct. 1, 2014
Delaware, District of Columbia
Delaware

Child outcomes Adult guidance Crosswalk State-provided resource Responsible department/office
Multimedia adult guidance, crosswalks, prekindergarten program guidelines and teacher competency indicators could not be located for Delaware.

District of Columbia

Child outcomes
Teacher competency indicators State-provided resource
Responsible department/office
Separate adult guidance documents, multimedia adult guidance, crosswalks and prekindergarten program guidelines could not be located for District of Columbia.

Updated Oct. 1, 2014
Florida
Florida

Child outcomes Adult guidance Multimedia adult guidance Crosswalk State-provided resource Responsible department/office
Prekindergarten program guidelines and teacher competency indicators could not be located for Florida.

Updated April 17, 2013
Georgia
Georgia

Child outcomes
Program guidelines State-provided resource Responsible Department/Office
Separate adult guidance documents, multimedia adult guidance, crosswalks and teacher competency indicators could not be located for Georgia.

Updated Oct. 1, 2014
Hawaii
Hawaii

Child outcomes
Separate adult guidance  Responsible department/office
Multimedia adult guidance, crosswalks, prekindergarten program guidelines, teacher competency indicators and a state provided resource link could not be located for Hawaii.

Updated April 17, 2013
Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa
Idaho

Child outcomes Adult guidance Crosswalk State-provided resource  Responsible department/office
Multimedia adult guidance, prekindergarten program guidelines and teacher competency indicators could not be located for Idaho.

Illinois

Child outcomes Multimedia adult guidance Crosswalk State-provided resources Prekindergarten program guidelines Teacher competency indicators Responsible departments/offices
Indiana

Child outcomes Adult guidance Multimedia adult guidance Responsible department/office
Crosswalks, prekindergarten program guidelines, teacher competency indicators and a state provided resource link could not be located for Indiana.

Iowa

Child outcomes Program guidelines

State-provided resource

Responsible department/office
Separate adult guidance documents, multimedia adult guidance, crosswalks, prekindergarten program guidelines and teacher competency indicators could not be located for Iowa.

Updated Oct. 1, 2014
Kansas, Kentucky
Kansas

Child outcomes

Program guidelines

State-provided resource

Early Childhood Resources

Responsible department/office

Kansas State Dept. of Education

Separate adult guidance documents, multimedia adult guidance, crosswalks, and teacher competency indicators could not be located for Kansas.  
Kentucky

Child outcomes

Adult guidance

Crosswalk

Responsible department/office

Multimedia adult guidance documents, prekindergarten program guidelines, teacher competency indicators and a state-provided resource could not be located for Kentucky.  
Updated Oct. 1, 2014
Louisiana
Louisiana

Child outcomes Program guidelines State-provided resource Responsible department/office
Separate adult guidance documents, multimedia adult guidance, crosswalks, prekindergarten program guidelines and teacher competency indicators could not be located for Louisiana.

Updated April 17, 2013

Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana
Maine
Child outcomes Crosswalk Program guidelines State-provided resource  Responsible department/office
Separate adult guidance documents, multimedia adult guidance and teacher competency indicators could not be located for Maine.

Maryland

Child outcomes

Adult Guidance

  • Standards and Instructional Toolkit (Prek – 8): Reading
  • Standards and Instructional Toolkit (Prek – 8): Mathematics
  • Standards and Instructional Toolkit (Prek – 8): Science
  • Standards and Instructional Toolkit (Prek – 8): Social Studies

Multimedia adult guidance

Early learning guideline toolkit

State-provided resource 

Responsible department/office

Separate adult guidance documents, crosswalks, prekindergarten program guidelines and teacher competency indicators could not be located for Maryland.
Massachusetts

Child outcomes Adult guidance Crosswalk Program guidelines State-provided resource  Responsible department/office
Multimedia adult guidance and teacher competency indicators could not be located for Massachusetts.

Michigan

Child outcomes Program guidelines State-provided resource  Responsible department/office
Separate adult guidance, multimedia adult guidance, crosswalks, prekindergarten program guidelines and teacher competency indicators could not be located for Michigan.

Minnesota

Child outcomes

Crosswalk

State-provided resource 

Responsible department/office

Separate adult guidance documents, multimedia adult guidance, prekindergarten program guidelines and teacher competency indicators could not be located for Minnesota. 
Mississippi

Child outcomes

Adult guidance documents

Multimedia adult guidance

Crosswalk

Program guidelines

Responsible department/office

Teacher competency indicators and a state provided resource link could not be located for Mississippi. 
Missouri

Child outcomes

Adult guidance is included in the guidelines .

Program guidelines

Responsible department/office

Separate adult guidance documents, multimedia adult guidance, crosswalks, teacher competency indicators and a state provided resource link could not be located for Missouri. 
Montana

Child outcomes

State-provided resource 

Separate adult guidance documents, multimedia adult guidance, crosswalks, prekindergarten program guidelines, teacher competency indicators and a responsible department/office could not be located for Montana. 
Updated Oct. 1, 2014
Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota
Nebraska

Child outcomes
Adult guidance Multimedia adult guidance Program guidelines Teacher competency indicators State-provided resource Responsible department/office
Crosswalks could not be located for Nebraska.

Nevada

Child outcomes State-provided resource Responsible department/office
Separate adult guidance documents, multimedia adult guidelines, crosswalks, pre-kindergarten program guidelines and teacher competency indicators could not be located for Nevada.

New Hampshire

Child outcomes Responsible department/office
Separate adult guidance documents, multimedia adult guidelines, crosswalks, prekindergarten program guidelines, teacher competency indicators and a state proved resource link could not be located for New Hampshire.

New Jersey

Child outcomes Adult guidance Program guidelines State-provided resource Responsible department/office
Multimedia adult guidance, crosswalks and teacher competency indicators could not be located for New Jersey.

New Mexico

Child outcomes Adult guidance Crosswalk Program guidelines State-provided resource Responsible department/office
Multimedia adult guidelines and teacher competency indicators could not be located for New Mexico.

New York

Child outcomes Crosswalk Teacher competency indicators State-provided resource Responsible department/office
Separate adult guidance documents, multimedia adult guidelines and prekindergarten program guidelines could not be located for New York.

North Carolina

Child outcomes
Adult guidance Multimedia adult guidance Crosswalk Teacher competency indicators State-provided resource Responsible department/office
Prekindergarten program guidelines could not be located for North Carolina.

North Dakota

Child outcomes Teacher competency indicators State-provided resource Responsible department/office
Separate adult guidance documents, multimedia adult guidelines, crosswalks and prekindergarten program guidelines could not be located for North Dakota.

Updated May 1, 2013
Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon
Ohio

Child outcomes
Multimedia adult guidance Program guidelines
Adult guidance documents, crosswalks, teacher competency indicators, a state provided resource and a responsible department/office could not be located for Ohio.

Oklahoma

Child outcomes Adult guidance Program guidelines   State-provided resource Responsible department/office
Multimedia adult guidance, crosswalks, teacher competency indicators and a state proved resource link could not be located for Oklahoma.

Oregon

Child outcomes Adult guidance State-provided resource Responsible department/office
Multimedia adult guidance, crosswalks, prekindergarten program guidelines and teacher competency indicators could not be located for Oregon.

Updated May 1, 2013
Pennsylvania
Rhode Island
Rhode Island

Child outcomes Adult guidance Teacher competency indicators Responsible department/office
Multimedia adult guidance, crosswalks, program guidelines and a state-provided resource could not be located for Rhode Island.

Updated May 1, 2013
South Carolina, South Dakota
South Carolina

Child outcomes Program guidelines State-provided resource Responsible department/office
Separate adult guidance documents, multimedia adult guidance, crosswalks and teacher competency indicators could not be located for South Carolina.
 
South Dakota

Child outcomes Crosswalk Responsible department/office
Separate adult guidance documents, multimedia adult guidance, prekindergarten program guidelines, teacher competency indicators and a state provided resource link could not be located for South Dakota.

Updated May 1, 2013
Tennessee, Texas
Tennessee

Child outcomes Multimedia adult guidance State-provided resource Responsible department/office
Adult guidance documents, crosswalks, prekindergarten program guidelines and teacher competency indicators could not be located Tennessee.

Texas

Crosswalk State-provided resource Responsible department/office
Child outcomes, adult guidance documents, multimedia adult guidance, prekindergarten program guidelines and teacher competency indicators could not be located for Texas.

Updated May 1, 2013
Utah
Utah

Child outcomes Adult guidance State-provided resource Responsible department/office
Multimedia adult guidance, crosswalks, prekindergarten program guidelines and teacher competency indicators could not be located for Utah.

Updated May 1, 2013
Vermont, Virginia
Vermont

Child outcomes Adult guidance State-provided resource Responsible department/office
Multimedia adult guidance, crosswalks, prekindergarten program guidelines and teacher competency indicators could not be located for Vermont.

Virginia

Child outcomes Adult guidance State-provided resource Responsible department/office
Multimedia adult guidance, crosswalks, prekindergarten program guidelines and teacher competency indicators could not be located for Virginia.

Updated May 1, 2013
Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming
Washington

Child outcomes Teacher competency indicators State-provided resource Responsible department/office
Separate adult guidance documents, multimedia adult guidance, crosswalks and prekindergarten program guidelines could not be located for Washington.

West Virginia

Child outcomes
State-provided resource Responsible department/office
Separate adult guidance documents, multimedia adult guidance, crosswalks, prekindergarten program guidelines and teacher competency indicators could not be located for West Virginia.

Wisconsin

Child outcomes Multimedia adult guidance Crosswalk Program guidelines Teacher competency indicators State-provided resource Responsible department/office
Separate adult guidance documents could not be located for Wisconsin.

Wyoming

Child outcomes
Responsible department/office
Separate adult guidance documents, multimedia adult guidance, crosswalks, prekindergarten program guidelines, teacher competency indicators and a state provided resource link could not be located for Wyoming.

Updated May 1, 2013