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Early Education Resources

  • The Alignment of the California Preschool Learning Foundations with Key Early Education Resources
  • Best Practices for Planning Curriculum for Young Children
  • ECE Competencies
  • Guidelines for Early Learning in Child Care Home Settings

Infant/Toddler Resources

  • Infant/Toddler Learning and Development Foundations
  • Infant/Toddler Curriculum Framework
  • Infant/Toddler Learning and Development Program Guidelines
  • PITC Caregiving Guides

Parent Resources

  • Care About Quality: Your Guide to Child Care

Preschool Resources

  • Preschool Learning Foundations
  • Preschool Curriculum Frameworks
  • Preschool Program Guidelines
  • Preschool English Learners

Other Publications

  • California Comprehensive Early Learning Plan
  • First Class – A Guide for Early Primary Education
  • Inclusion Works! Creating Child Care Programs That Promote Belonging for Children with Special Needs
  • School's Out California

Early Education Resources

  • Best Practices for Planning Curriculum for Young Children
    • Family Partnerships and Culture (PDF; 9MB)
      This publication promotes understanding of children’s cultural or multicultural experiences at home, and helps teachers use those experiences as building blocks for teaching and learning in early education settings.
    • The Integrated Nature of Learning (PDF; 5MB)
      This publication examines how play, learning, and curriculum work together in early education, and describes the relationship context for early learning and the role of the teacher in supporting children’s active engagement in learning.
  • California Early Childhood Educator (ECE) Competencies
    The California Early Childhood Educator Competencies describe the knowledge, skills and dispositions that early childhood educators need in order to provide high quality care and education to young children and their families. The ECE Competencies are aligned with the California Preschool Learning Foundations and the California Infant/Toddler Learning & Development Foundations to guide professional development and related quality improvement activities.

    • The Early Childhood Educator Competencies Self-Assessment Toolkit (ECE CompSAT) is an additional professional development resource for the early childhood education field to use for self-reflection about their knowledge, skills, and dispositions and to assist with the development of professional growth plans by identifying the competencies needed for effective, high-quality early education practice.
  • Guidelines for Early Learning in Child Care Home Settings (PDF; 17MB)
    Recognizing the importance of home-based child care settings in today's society, this adaptation of the Prekindergarten Learning and Development Guidelines provides guidance to help home-based child care providers offer high-quality early care and learning experiences to the children and families they serve. The book covers topics such as the roles and relationships involved in home-based child care; how to create safe, inclusive environments that foster early learning and development; ideas for implementing appropriate curriculum; professional development for home-based providers; and things to consider when infants and toddlers receive care in mixed-age group settings.

    • The Guidelines for Early Learning in Child Care Home Settings (ISBN 978-0-8011-1699-5) can be purchased from CDE Press by calling the toll-free number at 1-800-995-4099. The price of the publication is $24.15.

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Infant/Toddler Resources

  • California Infant/Toddler Learning and Development Foundations
    The California Infant/Toddler Learning & Development Foundations are at the center of California's infant/toddler learning and development system. The foundations describe how children develop and what they learn, and are designed to illuminate the competencies that infants and toddlers need for later success.
    • The Spanish translation of this document, Fundamentos del aprendizaje y el desarrollo infantil de California (ISBN 978-0-8011-1709-1) (PDF; 3MB), was published in 2010.
    • A companion set of DVDs for the California Infant/Toddler Learning & Development Foundations depicts children's behavior for each of the 28 foundations at each of the three ages described in the foundations. There is an introductory overview of the foundations, a segment on "The Early Months," and extended segments provided with and without narration. The set is designed to support training on the foundations. This DVD set can be ordered from CDE Press by calling the toll-free number at 1-800-995-4099. The price of the set of DVDs is $32.95.

  • California Infant/Toddler Curriculum Framework
    The California Infant/Toddler Curriculum Framework (ISBN 978-0-8011-1723-7) supports early childhood educators working in programs serving children birth to three years of age in implementing high-quality curriculum practices that lead to acquisition of the knowledge and skills described in the Infant/Toddler Learning and Development Foundations. The publication can be purchased from CDE Press by calling the toll-free number at 1-800-995-4099. The price of the publication is $20.85.

  • Infant/Toddler Learning and Development Program Guidelines (PDF; 9MB)
    This publication presents information about how to provide high-quality early care and education, including recommendations for program policies and day-to-day practices that will improve program services to all infants and toddlers. The Infant/Toddler Learning and Development Program Guidelines (ISBN 978-0-8011-1619-3) can be purchased from CDE Press by calling the toll-free number at 1-800-995-4099. The price of the publication is $21.95.
    The Spanish translation of this document, Guias para programas de aprendizaje y desarrollo infantil (PDF; 6MB), was published in 2010. The price of the publication is $21.95.
    • A companion set of DVDs for the Infant/Toddler Learning and Development Program Guidelines includes conversations with experts; rich discussions with infant care teachers, program leaders, family child care providers, and family members about the guidelines activities; and video clip illustrations of practice. This DVD set can be ordered from CDE Press by calling the toll-free number at 1-800-995-4099. The price of the set of DVDs is $32.95.

  • Program for Infant/Toddler Care (PITC) Caregiving Guides
    Infant/Toddler Caregiving Guides offer in-depth articles, essays, and practical exercises related to caring for infants and toddlers. See the PITC Price List & Order Form (PDF; 1MB) for a complete listing of PITC products.
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Parent Resources

  • Care About Quality: Your Guide to Child Care | PDF
    This resource guide was published by the California Department of Education in 2000 to provide parents and family seeking child care with key indicators of quality child care settings, information on the types of child care available, and tips for interviewing potential child care providers.

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Preschool Resources

  • California Preschool Learning Foundations
    The California Preschool Learning Foundations describes competencies—knowledge and skills—that most children can be expected to exhibit in a high-quality program as they complete their first or second year of preschool.

  • California Preschool Curriculum Frameworks
    Created as companion volumes to the California Preschool Learning Foundations, the California Preschool Curriculum Frameworks present strategies for early childhood educators that enrich learning and development opportunities for all of California’s preschool children.

  • California Preschool Program Guidelines (PDF; 5MB)
    The California Preschool Program Guidelines provides the detailed guidance needed by administrators and teachers to offer high-quality preschool programs that prepare children to arrive in kindergarten with the foundational skills necessary for school success.

  • Preschool English Learners: Principles and Practices to Promote Language, Literacy, and Learning: A Resource Guide (2nd Edition) (PDF; 8MB)
    This resource guide offers a user-friendly review of current research on how to support the language development of English learners during the preschool years (ages three to five).
    • Preschool English Learners: A Resource Guide (ISBN 978-0--8011-1667-4) can be purchased from CDE Press by calling the toll-free number at 1-800-995-4099. The price of the publication is $17.55.
    • The Spanish translation of this document, Niños de edad preescolar que aprenden inglés: Principios y prácticas que fomentan el lenguaje, la lecto-escritura y el aprendizaje: Guía de Recursos (PDF; 14MB) can be purchased from CDE Press by calling the toll-free number at 1-800-995-4099. The price of the publication is $17.55.
    • A companion DVD, A World Full of Language: Supporting Preschool English Learners, is a Telly Award program produced by the California Department of Education, Early Education and Support Division, in 2007. The DVD provides information on how young children acquire English as a second language, and offers strategies teachers can use to support English learners. The DVD and accompanying booklet in English and Spanish are available.
    • The resource guide, DVD, and booklets can also be purchased together by submitting one of the following brochures:
      For English, please submit the English-language brochure (PDF; 2MB).
      For Spanish, please submit the Spanish-language brochure (PDF; 2MB).

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Other Early Education and Support Division Publications

  • California Comprehensive Early Learning Plan (PDF; 7MB)
    California's Comprehensive Early Learning Plan (CCELP) provides key direction for the State in the development of a high-quality birth-to-age-five system that provides all children with the knowledge and skills they need to achieve long-term success.

  • First Class – A Guide for Early Primary Education (PDF; 14MB)
    A Preschool-Kindergarten-First Grade guide for early primary education, published by the California Department of Education in 1999.

  • Inclusion Works! Creating Child Care Programs That Promote Belonging for Children with Special Needs (PDF; 9MB)
    This handbook for providers of child care programs gives guidance and resources on specific ways to include young children who have disabilities or special needs. Suggestions for ways to adapt the environment are provided, along with examples of inclusive strategies. A glossary and appendixes make this handbook a practical tool for care providers.
    • Inclusion Works! Creating Child Care Programs That Promote Belonging for Children with Special Needs (ISBN 978-0-8011-1689-6) can be purchased from CDE Press by calling the toll-free number at 1-800-995-4099. The price of the publication is $21.95.

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