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Resources for Early Learners and Care

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The purpose of these Early Childhood Standards of Quality for Birth to Kindergarten is to support the growth and development of all children throughout the state, birth to kindergarten; to support early childhood professionals in recognizing individual developmental trajectories and expressions of learning; and to guide programs toward the highest quality in their operations.

These standards are organized into 17 sections that define a cohesive and research-based foundation for all early childhood professionals as these professionals use a wide variety of curricula, methodologies, and implementation strategies to meet the individual and collective needs of all children across the full range of backgrounds and experiences.

Current Standards

Early Childhood Standards of Quality for Birth to Kindergarten (approved November 15, 2022)

Companion Resources

MI Tip Sheet- Overview of Early Childhood Standards of Quality 
MI Tip Sheet- Key Elements of High-Quality Infant Toddler Environments 
MI Tip Sheet- Key Elements of High-Quality Preschool Environments 
MI Tip Sheet- Supporting Child Transitions 
MI Tip Sheet- Key Elements Family Partnerships 

Training

Michigan Virtual University: Introduction to Early Childhood Standards of Quality for Birth to Kindergarten

This free, self-paced course is an overview of Michigan’s Early Childhood Standards of Quality for Birth to Kindergarten. The course will provide a high-level overview of what the standards are and how they are to be used to guide high-quality practices within programs and to support children’s development. (1 SCECH)

Historical Standards

Early Childhood Standards of Quality for Infant and Toddler Programs (approved March 12, 2013)
Early Childhood Standards of Quality for Prekindergarten (approved March 12, 2013)