Virginia's Early Learning and Development Standards (ELDS), Birth-Five Learning Guidelines


This document is Virginia's new set of comprehensive early learning and development standards for young children, birth to age five. The new standards focus on five Areas of Development: Approaches to Play and Learning; Social and Emotional Development; Communication, Language, and Literacy Development; Health and Physical Development and Cognitive Development.

All birth to five programs are expected to implement the new standards by Fall 2021.


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