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Early Learning Standards

Our centers are very involved in the Keystone STARS program. Keystone STARS is an initiative of the Office of Child Development and Early Learning to improve, support, and recognize the continuous quality improvement efforts of early learning programs in Pennsylvania. Each star level builds on the previous level and utilizes research-based best practices to promote quality learning environments.

One requirement of STARS program is for our teachers to integrate the Early Learning Standards into their lesson plans. The Early Childhood Education Standards are research-based standards that identify key learning areas of development for children. The standards guide our teachers to intentionally integrate developmental knowledge with the attitudes, skills, and concepts children need to make progress in all learning areas.

We encourage all parents to look at the lesson plans posted in your child’s classroom. Each week a new theme will be introduced, and the posted lesson plans will detail concepts and activities related to this theme that your child will be working on. As always, if a parent has any questions about these lesson plans, please feel free to discuss them with your child’s teacher. We hope that you will recognize the importance and appreciate the value of these efforts as much as we do.

Please click on the following link to view the Pennsylvania initiative on all aspects of Early Childhood education, including the Early Learning Standards.

www.pakeys.org