Wisconsin Model Early Learning Standards


Wisconsin Model Early Learning Standards Book

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Phone: 1-800-362-7353 or 608-535-3288

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Connected Professional Competencies


Alignment Tools & Resources

The WMELS are aligned with the following and can be used in collaboration to guide curriculum, instruction, and assessment decisions:

    Engaging Families Resources

    Engaging Families Around WMELS is a training curriculum developed to support families understanding of the standards, domains of development, and developmentally appropriate expectations for children from birth to first grade. The training content introduces developmentally appropriate practice, the importance of children’s play, children’s stages of learning & early childhood assessment practices.

    Engaging Families Around WMELS provides individuals who have completed the full WMELS training with a strategy for sharing the information they have learned with the families they serve in their program or classroom. “Engaging Families Around WI Model Early Learning Standards” includes a training curriculum organized into 4 one-hour sessions; 6 handouts & 6 WMELS Family Tip Sheets.

    WMELS Stories
    • WMELS Stories highlights how people throughout Wisconsin are using the WMELS.

    We need more stories representing child care, preschool, Head Start, Birth to 3 Early Intervention, Early Childhood Special Education, 4 & 5K, Community Support Organizations, Higher Education, Policymakers & stories from families.

    Please email Tiffany Swain: [email protected] if you would like to add your story.

    WMELS Training Handouts & Resources

    Making Connections: Using the Wisconsin Model Early Learning Standards and WIDA Early Years Resources to Plan Instruction for Young Multilingual Children (pdf) – a comprehensive resource that offers suggestions, tools, and sample plans for teachers who use the Wisconsin Model Early Learning Standards and WIDA Early Years resources to plan equitable learning opportunities for young multilingual children.


    Updated 7/17/2024