MDE Announces Revised Quality Standards for Early Childhood/Out-of-School Time Programs

Contact: Martin Ackley, Director of Public and Governmental Affairs (517) 241-4395
Agency: Education

December 19, 2013

LANSING - Parents, caregivers and teachers can access revised state quality standards for updated information on how children develop; what they should be learning; and the best programs for nurturing them.

The Michigan Department of Education’s (MDE) Office of Great Start today announced that three sets of newly-revised standards, approved by the State Board of Education earlier this year, are available on its website at

“These revised standards describe learning throughout early childhood so parents, teachers, and caregivers can help children develop at each age,” said State Superintendent Mike Flanagan. “The learning and development of infants, toddlers, and preschoolers sets the stage for their progress in kindergarten and the early grades. The documents are comprehensive, because we know that young children are learning and developing in many domains and at a rapid rate.”

Added Flanagan, “We focus on third grade reading as a marker of young children’s progress. These standards will help parents, caregivers and teachers support young children’s progress in becoming excellent readers, as well as their interest in all important content and areas of learning.” 

Available online are:  

  • Early Childhood Standards of Quality for Infant and Toddler Programs was last revised in 2006, and includes Early Development and Learning Strands for Infants and Toddlers as well as Quality Program Standards for Infant and Toddler Programs. 
  • Early Childhood Standards of Quality for Prekindergarten was last revised in 2005.  It includes Early Learning Expectations for Three- and Four-Year-Old Children and Quality Program Standards for Prekindergarten.
  • Michigan Out-of-School Time Standards of Quality was last revised in 2008.  It includes program standards for before- and after-school and summer programs.

Large groups of stakeholders studied and reviewed each document, and public comment provided additional input.

Deputy Superintendent Susan Broman said the standards are key to reaching goals set for Michigan’s Great Start system.

Broman explained that when the Office of Great Start was established in the Department of Education in 2011, four broad outcomes were set for the entire Great Start system – ensuring that every Michigan child is: born healthy; developmentally on track from birth through third grade; ready to succeed in school at kindergarten entry; and reading proficiently by the end of third grade.

“These standards are a support for the adults who work and live with young children each day to focus on these outcomes that are so foundational for our success as a state,” she said.