STEP Preschool uses the Virginia's Early Learning and Development Standards (ELDS), Birth-Five Learning Guidelines.
A core component of a high-quality early education experience is that children are provided opportunities, experiences, and materials that allow them to engage deeply within developmental/early learning domains to build their school readiness skills. Virginia's Early Learning and Development Standards (ELDS), Birth-Five Learning Guidelines articulate the skills and knowledge young children need to demonstrate by the end of preschool in order to be successful in kindergarten.
These standards encompass:
- Approaches to Play and Learning
- Social and Emotional Development
- Communication, Language, and Literacy Development
- Health and Physical Development
- Cognitive Development (Science, Social Sciences: People, Community and Culture, Mathematics and Fine Arts)
With the goal of ensuring all Virginia children have an opportunity to enter kindergarten ready to thrive, the standards have been developed to support birth to five programs to:
- Use quality instructional tools and engage in aligned professional development,
Individualize care and instruction to meet the needs of all learners, and
Promote holistic and intentional learning and development at each age and stage.