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Early Learning

Developmental Standards

The Tennessee Early Childhood Education Early Learning Developmental Standards, or TN-ELDS, were first developed in 2004 to provide documentation of the continuum of developmental milestones from birth through age 5 based on the research about the processes, sequences and long term consequences of early learning and development.

The four year old standards were revised and adopted by the State Board of Education in Aug. 2012.  These revised standards provide a direct alignment with the content areas found in the Common Core State Standards as well as the Tennessee state standards for kindergarten.

The birth-48 months standards were revised in 2013 and adopted by the State Board of Education in Jan. 2014.  These revised standards continue to be a resource for educators, child care providers, and families who work with children in this age range.


Revised Four-Year-Old TN-ELDSdownload pdf file (black-and-white version)

Revised Birth-48 months TN ELDSdownload pdf file (black-and-white version)

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