Wisconsin Model Early Learning Standards
Based on research and supported by evidence-based practices, the Wisconsin Model Early Learning Standards (WMELS) provide a framework for families, professionals and policy makers to:
- Share a common language and responsibility for the well-being of children birth to first grade.
- Know and understand developmental expectations of young children.
- Understand the connection among the foundations of early childhood, K-12 educational experiences, and lifelong learning.
The Wisconsin Model Early Learning Standards specify developmental expectations for children from birth to first grade. The standards reflect attention to all domains of a child’s learning and development. The domains include:
- Health & Physical Development
- Social & Emotional Development
- Language Development & Communication
- Approaches to Learning
- Cognition & General Knowledge
What are the Guiding Principles that informed the development of the standards?
- All children are capable and competent.
- Early relationships matter.
- A child’s early learning and development is multidimensional.
- Expectations for children must be guided by knowledge of child growth and development.
- Children are individuals who develop at various rates.
- Children are members of cultural groups that share developmental patterns.
- Children exhibit a range of skills and competencies within any domain of development.
- Children learn through play and the active exploration of their environment.
- Parents are children’s primary and most important caregivers and educators.