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Infant-Toddler Foundations

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The 2013 North Carolina Foundations for Early Learning and Development is now available. This version updates and combines the previous Foundations documents (i.e., the 2005 Foundations: Early Learning Standards for North Carolina Preschoolers and Strategies Guiding Their Success, and the 2007 Infant Toddler Foundations: Guidelines for Development and Learning for North Carolina's Infants and Toddlers). The revised Foundations spans birth to age 5 and includes goals, developmental indicators, and strategies in five developmental domains:


  • Approaches to Play and Learning
  • Emotional and Social Development
  • Health and Physical Development
  • Language Development and Communication
  • Cognitive Development

This coming year will be a year of transition from using the older Foundations to the new Foundations. DCDEE and the North Carolina Child Care Resource and Referral Council are partnering to develop a new .5 CEU on the 2013 Foundations that is expected to be offered in early 2014.


Access and download North Carolina Foundations for Early Learning and Development online.



NC Pre-K and Developmental Day Lead Teachers holding or working toward NC BK Licensure

During this transition year, lead teachers who hold or are working towards NC BK Licensure and employed in a NC Pre-Kindergarten classroom, a NC Developmental Day preschool classroom or served under the Race to the Top Early Learning Challenge B-K project, are required to use the previous Foundations documents. Please check for specific information and links to these documents on the EESLPD Office web page under Professional Development & Training.



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