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Virginia's Foundation Blocks for Early Learning: Comprehensive Standards for Four-Year-Olds (2013)


The value of early education is imperative to the future academic success and the growth of children’s intellectual development. Virginia’s Foundation Blocks for Early Learning: Comprehensive Standards for Four-Year-Olds provides a measurable range of skills and knowledge essential for four-year-olds to be successful in kindergarten.

The purpose of this document is to provide early childhood educators a set of minimum standards in literacy, mathematics, science, history and social science, health and physical development, personal and social development, music, and the visual arts, with indicators of success for entering kindergarten that are derived from scientifically-based research. The standards reflect a consensus of children’s conceptual learning, acquisition of basic knowledge, and participation in meaningful and relevant learning experiences. The standards are aligned with Virginia’s Kindergarten Standards of Learning (SOL) and Virginia’s Phonological Awareness Literacy Screening (PALS).


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