Organization of the RIELDS
Rhode Island’s Early Learning and Development Standards are organized into domains, components, learning goals, and indicators.
Domains represent the broad areas of early learning.
From the moment they are born, children share many of the characteristics of young scientists. They are curious and persistent explorers who use their senses to investigate, observe, and make sense of the world around them.
The field of social studies is interdisciplinary, and intertwines concepts relating to government, civics, economics, history, sociology, and geography. Through social studies, children can explore and develop an understanding of their place within and relationship to family, community, environment, and the world.
Components are specific areas within a domain. For example, the domain of physical health and motor development is divided into three components: health and safety practices, gross motor development, and fine motor development.
Standards state those general categories of competencies, behaviors, knowledge, and skills that children develop in increasing degrees and with increasing sophistication as they grow. For example, the gross motor development component includes two core ideas:
a) Children develop large muscle control, strength, and coordination
b) Children develop traveling skills
The standards remain the same throughout childhood, although how they are realized changes and becomes more complex as children grow and develop.
Examples establish the specific developmental benchmarks for the competencies, behaviors, knowledge, and skills that most children possess or exhibit at a particular age for each learning goal. Seen altogether, the indicators depict the progression of development over time. While the first set of benchmarks is positioned at nine months, it’s important to remember that a tremendous amount of growth and development occurs before that age.
Early Learning Continuum: The early learning and development standards outline a birth-to-60-month continuum, with six developmental benchmarks:
The Early Learning Continuum is represented by this series of silhouettes and age ranges:
Throughout this resource the 9 domain icons are used in combination with the 6 silhouettes to visually represent the indicators across the document. For example, at right, the 9-18 month silhouette in combination with the science domain icon which helps to easily access information.