Alignment of Early Learning Standards with Other Standards
The Wisconsin Model Early Learning Standards (WMELS) address expectations for young children between birth and first grade. For WMELS to have highest level of impact for young children, school districts and other early childhood programs need to explore how WMELS align with other standards such as the Wisconsin State Standards and the federal Head Start Performance Standards.
Alignment of Early Learning Standards with Wisconsin State Standards
Planning for Early Literacy Success guides teams in understanding how the literacy-related developmental continuums within the Wisconsin Model Early Learning Standards (WMELS) intersect with Wisconsin’s State Standards for 5K and grade 1 in reading, writing, speaking, listening, and language. Teams can use these resources to examine beliefs and research about early learning, standards, and local data in order to understand intersections between early learning (particularly 4K) and 5K. The ready-to-use resources can be downloaded and customized for local use. The 3 three resources are a facilitator’s guide, a PowerPoint with speaker notes, and a folder with links to all the relevant handouts.
Alignment of Early Learning Standards with federal Head Start Performance Standards
The federal Head Start Performance Standards require the alignment of local Head Start standards with state early learning standards. Under the direction of the Wisconsin Head Start Collaboration Office and the Wisconsin Head Start Association, a document has been created to show this alignment.
For more information on WMELS, you can visit http://www.collaboratingpartners.com.
For more information on Wisconsin’s standards for 5K through twelfth grade, you can visit https://dpi.wi.gov/standards.
For more information on the Federal Head Start Performance Standards, you can visit http://eclkc.ohs.acf.hhs.gov/policy/presenting.