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Please search the new website to check for the most recent information. Higher Education in University of Massachusetts in Mass. Massachusetts Standards for Preschool and Kindergarten in the Domains of Social and Emotional Learning, and Approaches to Play and Learning. The Social and Emotional Learning Standards focus on the following areas: Self-Knowledge, Self-Management, Social Knowledge, Relationship Skills, and Responsible Decision-Making. Persistence, Creativity, Cooperative Play and Learning, Problem Solving, Organizational Skills, and Memory. The Standards give the field a framework for supporting the development of these important competencies and should be considered in the context of the larger developmental continuum for these two domains. Supporting children’s social and emotional learning and approaches to play and learning should be embedded across all developmental domains and all curriculum areas.
The Massachusetts Standards for Preschool and Kindergarten Social and Emotional Learning and Approaches to Play and Learning and “Building Supportive Environments” all represent the efforts of interagency collaboration, consultation with national experts, and extensive input from the diverse early childhood field and work of knowledgeable early childhood professionals. The Department of Early Education and Care and the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education are currently working with a vendor to develop high quality trainings for early educators, Kindergarten teachers, administrators, directors and family engagement practitioners. These professional development trainings will be offered in 2016 and will provide opportunities for the field to better understand and implement the Standards. This article is about schools for younger children between the ages of three and five. For the stage of childhood which ranges from 5-8 years old, see early childhood. In some European countries the term “kindergarten” refers to formal education of children classified as ISCED level 0 – with one or several years of such education being compulsory – before children start primary school at ISCED level 1.