Child Development: About

big smile girlWhen adults understand child development, they realize that children learn and grow at different rates, have varying learning styles, and learn best in the context of families and communities.

This understanding of child development fosters the ability to have individual, age and culturally appropriate expectations for each child. When appropriate expectations are in place, adults can more intentionally provide experiences to address the needs of the whole child. Challenging but achievable goals can be identified so that children’s learning can be stretched without frustration and the joy of learning can be nurtured.

The Guiding Principles of the WI Model Early Learning Standards provide common language for all those who care about young children and their families. The WI Model Early Learning Standards provide a developmental framework that addresses all domains of learning: Health & Physical Development, Social & Emotional Development, Language Development & Communication, Approaches to Learning & Cognition and General Knowledge from birth to first grade. They offer a guide for developmentally appropriate expectations that support the health and development of young children to help them be successful at home, in early childhood settings and in the community.