The purposes of the GELDS are to:

  • Guide teachers who work with children from birth through five in providing quality learning experiences;
  • Guide parents in supporting their children’s growth, development, and learning potential;
  • Lay the groundwork for applying the standards in pre-service training, professional development, curriculum planning, and child outcome documentation;
  • Create a “Universal Language” for all stakeholders to use regarding the learning and development of children. Stakeholders would include parents, teachers, pediatricians, early interventionists, policy-makers, etc;
  • Raise public awareness about the significance of the early years as the foundation for school success and lifelong learning and the importance of the teacher’s role in the process; and
  • Support the early identification and referral of children with special learning needs.