August 23, 2019

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Ohio’s Early Learning and Development Standards (OELDS)
On October 9, 2012, the State Board of Education adopted Ohio’s new Birth–Kindergarten Entry Early Learning and Development Standards in all domains of school readiness to reflect the comprehensive development of children beginning at birth through entry into kindergarten. The Ohio Department of Education has made available online the Early Learning and Development Standards and related information.
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Ohio's New Early Learning and Development Standards for Grades K-3

Ohio has created learning and development standards that address Approaches Toward Learning, Physical Well-Being, and Social and Emotional Development. These learning and development standards promote an understanding of the whole child and guide the instructional strategies that support all areas of learning. These standards are not tied to any assessments but are intended to be useful in determining how to support students in these early grades. The development of these standards represented a collaboration between state agencies including Ohio Department of Education, Ohio Department of Job and Family Services, Ohio Department of Health, Ohio Department of Mental Health, Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities, and the Governor’s Office. The state agencies worked with national experts and writing teams made up of Ohio-based content experts and stakeholders to craft these standards. Download Ohio's Learning Standards Kindergarten through Grade 3.

Professional Development Around Ohio's Early Learning and Development Standards

The Early Learning Challenge Grant provided funds for the development and presentation of professional development trainings around the Ohio Early Learning Development Standards.   All trainings are at no cost to participants. Trainings will be scheduled and conducted throughout the state by consultants from SSTs, R&Rs, Department of Mental Health and Department of Health. 

Professional development will be rolled out in a three-tier system. All Professional development is listed in the Ohio Professional Development Network (OPDN) and an Ohio Professional Individual Number (OPIN) is required to register.
Level One – An overview training of the ELDS, introduces a rationale for standards-based care and education, and provides an introduction to curriculum planning. This level consists of two three-hour sessions. Both are required to be completed in order to take any Level 2 or Level 3 trainings. These trainings are for those who serve Infants / Toddlers and those who serve Preschool. There will be no certificates awarded for these overview sessions.
Level Two Trainings – These trainings are designed for direct service early childhood professionals. The modules introduce the ELDS content, provide opportunities for participants to explore content, offer strategies to support children’s growth and development in each domain and introduce the use of the Curriculum Planning Cycle. The content emphasis aligns primarily with Levels 1 and 2 of Ohio’s Early Childhood Core Knowledge and Competencies (CKC). There are separate trainings for Infant/Toddler and Preschool professionals. There are two, three-hour sessions available for each domain/sub-domain.
Level Three Trainings – These trainings are designed for administrators, master teachers and specialists. They allow participants to review the ELDS content, provide an in-depth look at aspects of the domain covered, explore related topic areas and look at the application of research that informs the ELDS in each domain. The content emphasis aligns primarily with Level 3 of the CKC. There are separate trainings for Infant/Toddler and Preschool professionals. There are two, three-hour sessions for each domain/sub-domain.
Pre-K Level 3 Related Topics:
Language & Literacy – bilingualism
Science – outdoor science environments & family connections
Math – Connecting with families & differentiating instruction
Social Studies – service learning

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Ohio's Curriculum Alignment Tools