VPK

One Set of Standards for Florida’s 4-Year-Olds

The Florida Early Learning and Developmental Standards for Four-Year-Olds (2011) create a common framework and language for providers of school readiness and VPK programs.

Based on collaboration with a state panel of experts, public input from citizens across Florida, and national and state expert reviewers, Standards for Four-Year-Olds reflect the latest research on child development and developmentally appropriate practices for 4-year-old children. Standards and benchmarks are organized into five domains.
-  Physical development
-  Approaches to learning
-  Social and emotional development
-  Language, communication and emergent literacy
-  Cognitive development and general knowledge
Benchmarks are available for two domains – Language, Communication and Emergent Literacy and the Mathematical Thinking section in Cognitive Development and General Knowledge – to help explain what Florida's children should know and be able to do by the end of prekindergarten.

Electronic versions of the Standards for Four-Year-Olds are available to download. 
-  Florida Early Learning and Developmental Standards for Four-Year-Olds (2011) (PDF, 9MB)
-  Florida Early Learning and Developmental Standards for Four-Year-Olds (2011) (RTF, 129MB)

There is training to help teachers of 4-year-olds use the standards effectively. Based on current early childhood research, the instructor-led course – Standards for Four-Year-Olds – is applicable to instructors and directors of programs serving 4-year-olds. Register for the course.

You may order the Standards for Four-Year-Olds manual from PBD Worldwide for $10.50.
1.  Go to Florida Early Learning and Developmental Standards for Four-Year-Olds and click on the Order button. You can pay by credit card, check, money order or purchase order.
2.  Enter the quantity, then click on the Add To Cart button and follow the prompts on each page. If you need help, you can call PBD Worldwide toll-free at 855-FLA-STAN (855-352-7826) or email orders@flstandardsfouryearolds.com

Here is more information about standards and benchmarks in Standards for Four-Year-Olds and how they compare to other standards. 
-  Florida Early Learning and Developmental Standards for Four-Year-Olds (2011) - List of Standards and Benchmarks (PDF, 124KB)
-  Crosswalk between the Standards for Four-Year-Olds (2011) and the Head Start Child Development and Early Learning Framework (2010) (PDF, 792KB)

The State Board of Education adopted the Florida Early Learning and Developmental Standards Oct. 18, 2011. They were created using multiple resources, including the state of Alaska Early Learning Guidelines. It is important to note that Alaska's guidelines were adapted from Washington state guidelines and revised by Alaskans to meet the unique concerns of children in their state. We wish to acknowledge Alaska and Washington for their guidance in the process.Save