Early Learning

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April OEL Newsletter

The NYS Education Department’s Office of Early Learning is pleased to distribute the second issue of our newsletter. 

OEL's Newsletter Volume1, Issue 2 PDF icon (689KB)


OEL Resource

Our Prekindergarten Professional Development Needs Survey indicated a strong interest in integrating all domains of early learning.  This resource provides an overview of integrated instruction, a topic that is applicable to all grade levels.

Integrated Instruction PDF icon(443KB)


Please click on the link below for MVPS Guidance for Full-Day and Priority Pre-K Child Count Survey. 

MVPS Guidance for Full-Day & Priority Pre-K Child Count Survey PDF icon(342 KB)

New York State Universal Full-Day
Prekindergarten Overview

Additional Information and Viewing Options for the UPK Webinar

New York Statewide Universal Full-Day Prekindergarten Program Quality Assurance Protocol

Additional Information and Viewing Options for the UPK Program Quality Assurance Protocol Webinar

Additional Early Learning Resources

~The New York State Education Department’s firm commitment to a P-12 educational system has been reaffirmed with the establishment of the Office of Early Learning (OEL).

~The OEL is responsible for a wide range of educational programs and works closely with parents, early care and education agencies, schools and state agencies to coordinate programs and resources with the goal of making New York’s early learning system as comprehensive and seamless as possible. 

Specific programs include:

~The OEL is also tasked with ensuring that the early learning initiatives outlined in the Race to the Top application (RttT) are successful.

These include:

  • Establishing world class internationally benchmarked early learning standards to improve school readiness and facilitate greater success with the transition between preschool, kindergarten, and early elementary education
  • Developing a comprehensive assessment protocol and data system for Preschool – Grade 3, including the addition of an early childhood component to the NYSED public report cards for districts and schools
  • Developing practices, strategies and programs that improve educational outcomes for Preschool – Grade 3, particularly in high-needs environments
  • Developing a tool for parents’ use in identifying high quality settings in preschool
  • Developing a Statewide and National Early Learning Network


Open Ended Art Supplies for the Quality Prekindergarten Classroom

Art experiences allow children to express their ideas, feelings, and knowledge in visual form. Offering a daily art center that is equipped with open ended supplies encourages this. Students explore the processes of art using materials, tools, and techniques and create products such as drawings, paintings, sculpture, collage and three dimensional art. The list provided here includes the types of materials found in a quality preschool classroom and offered in the art center on a rotating basis.

Open Ended Art Supply List


NYSED Pre-K to Kindergarten Transition Tool

Building relationships, partnering and collaboration are extremely important to facilitate the transition of prekindergarten students to kindergarten.  This is a time of great change for children, parents, families and schools in which new relationships, new expectations and new competencies are being developed. The local school district should have a comprehensive plan for supporting its newest incoming students and their families as they transition into a K-12 system.

The checklist below will help to determine how complete your school district’s prekindergarten to kindergarten transition plan is. It may signal areas for improvement for your district to work on to ensure a positive start for young children in the school community.

NYSED Transition Tool Checklist


Prekindergarten Foundation for the Common Core Implementation Tool Kit

The Office of Early Learning, in partnership with the Northeast Comprehensive Center, developed a set of tools to support the implementation of the Prekindergarten Foundation for the Common Core in New York State’s early childhood education programs.  These tools are intended to support teachers, coaches, specialists, and school leaders in reflecting on current practices for each early learning domain.

Creating Rich Language and Literacy Environments for Young Learners PDF icon (838KB)


Approaches to learning Teacher Resources for Self-Reflection and Planning Word Document (88KB)


Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) Observation and Reflection Tool for Administrators Word Document (109KB)


Last Updated: July 28, 2015