A program of Lutheran Social Services in western North Dakota and Lakes & Prairies Community Action Partnership in eastern North Dakota

Early Learning Guidelines

Early Learning Guidelines (ELG) are research-based, measurable descriptions of the things young children are expected to know and be able to do at each age and stage of development. These guidelines provide parents, teachers, caregivers and policy makers with common language and expectations that they can use to plan, execute, and evaluate early childhood environments and services.

Each state, the District of Columbia, and the federal Head Start program establish their own set early learning standards or guidelines. The following Early Learning Guidelines have been approved by the North Dakota Department of Human Servcies.