What are Early Learning Outcomes?

Cognitive development is an important outcome in preschool and child care centers

Early learning outcomes are the skills, behaviors, and knowledge that a child should demonstrate at each age and stage of his or her child development.

Head Start programs have a framework that outlines what early childhood age groups should know and do in five developmental domains from birth to 5 years old. The developmental domains included in the early learning outcomes framework are approaches to learning, social and emotional development, language and literacy, cognition, and perceptual, motor and physical development.

The approaches to learning domain incorporates self-regulation in emotional, behavioral and cognitive areas, otherwise known as executive functioning. Cognitive development includes reasoning, memory, problem solving and thinking skills that allow children to understand the world around them. As with all milestones, children reach each learning outcome in their own time and achieve each early learning outcome at different points in the children’s development.

Savannah Copland

Savannah Copland is a Marketing Manager at HiMama. She has been working for over 3 years in the early childhood education space, and feels incredibly fortunate to have met, interviewed, and worked closely with registered early childhood educators, thought leaders and researchers during that time. She is particularly interested in finding novel ways for child care centers to market themselves and bolster their enrollment. She loves cats, and always needs at least one toy on her desk to fidget with!


  • John Clave says:

    Preschool or Nursery plays an important role in your child’s mental and physical development. Kids learn new things and learns to interact with people other than family. Nice post.

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