The WI Model Early Learning Standards (WMELS) specify developmental expectations for children from birth through the entrance to 1st grade. The standards reflect the domains of a child's learning & development. The domains include: Health & Physical Development; Social & Emotional Development: Language Development & Communication; Approaches to Learning: Cognition & General Knowledge. Each domain is divided into sub-domains which include: developmental expectations, program standards, performance standards & developmental continuum. Samples of children's behavior & adult strategies are also provided.
WMELS detailed description
Based on research and supported by evidence-based practices, WMELS provide a framework for families, professionals & policy makers to:
More than 90 Approved WMELS Trainers are available to train in your area of the state. Trainers include: child care providers, teachers (classroom & higher education), program support personnel, technical assistance personnel & administrators that represent the full range of services offered to young children birth to 1st grade. The training is 15-18 hours and is offered over a period of days) e.g. 2 full days, 3 partial days, 5+ parts (2-3 hours) of days or evenings. WMELS Trainings are available for University & Technical College Credit.
The WMELS are a collaborative effort between the Wisconsin departments of Children & Families (DCF), Public Instruction (DPI), and Health Services (DHS). The work is overseen by a cross-department steering committee. The WMELS are protected by copyright. Any material, websites, training materials, products or other related materials developed to align or supplement the WMELS must be approved by the cross-department steering committee. WMELS graphics, design & content may not be used for anything not related to this initiative & their use must also be approved by the cross-department steering committee.
For more information, contact Kurstin Kolodziej, Early Childhood Content Specialist: [email protected]
Early Childhood Technical Assistance Center (ECTA) (website) contains resources to improve systems, practices & outcomes
A Historical View of the WMELS (pdf) 6/14/15
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