Infant Toddler Standards: Arkansas CDELS

ITS logoIn April 2016, the Division of Child Care and Early Childhood Education and the Arkansas Head Start Collaboration Office released the Arkansas Child Development and Early Learning Standards: Birth through 60 Months. Prior to this document, child development standards were divided by age range in multiple documents. Designed to also align with the kindergarten language arts and math standards, the learning goals presented in this document also support the transition from early childhood into K-12 education. 

The purposes of the Infant Toddler Standards: Arkansas CDELS [ITS] training are to help early
childhood professionals:

  • Understand how to use the Arkansas Child Development and Early Learning Standards:
    Birth through 60 Months.
  • Prepare teachers in selecting developmentally appropriate materials along with planning and implementing activities.
  • Provide early educators with knowledge of child development.

Infant Toddler Standards: Arkansas CDELS [ITS] includes the following 6 lessons:

  1. Overview of the Arkansas Child Development and Early Learning Standards and Infant Toddler Research
  2. Infant Toddler Development and the Domains of Development and Learning
  3. The Essential Element of Quality Infant Toddler Care
  4. Observation, Assessment and Curriculum Development
  5. Tips and Techniques for Planning and Implementing Activities
  6. Communicating with Families and Creating Family Partnerships

 What does Infant Toddler Standards: Arkansas CDELS [ITS] offer?

  • 16 hours of FREE specialized training for teachers of 3- and 4-year-olds
  • Helps early childhood educators understand how to implement the Arkansas Child Development and Early Learning Standards: Birth through 60 Months into their classrooms
  • Opportunity for professional development
  • FREE participant manual and other resources
  • A Certificate of Completion and CEUs

This course is approved for Arkansas Department of Education professional development credit. However, the awarding of professional development credit based on attendance at this course is solely at the discretion of the local school district. Arkansas Department of Education Rules Governing Professional Development

To check for available classes and training opportunities visit Arkansas Professional Development Registry (PDR)

For more information contact:

Jenny Dura
Jenny Dura
(RSSV)-Research & Service Units
Training Advisor, Pre-K Standards, Infant Toddler Standards and Strengthening Families
Early Care and Education Projects