Early Learning

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Early Learning in Ohio

Children develop many key concepts and skills between the ages of birth and age five that are critical to building a solid foundation for learning. The Ohio Department of Education has developed Early Learning and Development Standards to help ensure young children get a strong start in school across five domains:

  • Social and emotional development
  • Physical well-being and motor development
  • Approaches toward learning
  • Language and literacy development
  • Cognition and general knowledge

More information can be found on the Ohio Department of Education’s website.

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Our consultants offer support to educators, families, and community partners to help Ohio’s youngest learners get off to a strong start through technical assistance, coaching, networking opportunities, and professional development.

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Guiding Documents, Policies, and Compliance

As a part of the Statewide System of Support, State Support Teams work closely with the Ohio Department of Education to provide training, resources, and technical assistance to schools and districts as they strive to ensure that each child has access to a high-quality education. The documents, policies, and laws shared here provide the foundation to this work.


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Please feel free to reach out with any questions or support requests you may have. Our Early Learning consultants are here for you!

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Heather Gaskins, M.F.C.S.

419.720.8999 ext. 134

Early Childhood | Emergent Literacy | Continuous School Improvement | SEL & PBIS

Tara Shumaker

Tara Shumaker, M.Ed.

419.720.8999 ext. 153

Students with Disabilities | Preschool Special Education | Continuous School Improvement

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