Pre-K Standards: Arkansas CDELS

Pre-K S 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 Pre-K Standards: Arkansas CDELS [Pre-K S] training are to help early childhood professionals:

  • Understand how to use the Arkansas Child Development and Early Learning Standards: Birth through 60 Months.
  • Provide current and continued theory and research in regards to child development.
  • Prepare the environment to most benefit children's development and learning.
  • Explores developmentally appropriate materials in planning and implementing activities.
  • Select topics of study based on observation and assessment.
  • Understand the importance of engaging families and connecting with communities.

Pre-K Standards: Arkansas CDELS [Pre-K S] includes the following 7 lessons:

  1. Introduction and Overview of the Arkansas Child Development and Early Learning Standards: Birth through 60 Months
  2. Knowing Children: Theory, Research, and Child Development
  3. Preparing the Environment
  4. Planning and Implementing Activities
  5. Selecting Topics of Study Through Observation and Assessment
  6. In-depth Exploration of a Topic of Study
  7. Engaging Families and Communities 

 What does Pre-K Standards: Arkansas CDELS [Pre-K S] offer?

  • 21 hours of FREE in-depth training that focuses on children 36 through 60 months
  • 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 to 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