Georgia Early Learning and Development Standards (GELDS)
DECAL is pleased to announce that the Georgia Early Learning and Development Standards (GELDS) are finalized and ready to be used by early care and education directors, teachers, families, teacher preparation programs, and other stakeholders.
The next important step is to introduce you to the new standards. Go to http://www.gelds.decal.ga.gov/Resources.aspx to view an introductory video produced by DECAL and Georgia Public Broadcasting. This video includes a message from DECAL Commissioner Bobby Cagle, an overview of the GELDS, and interviews with special guests. More informational videos will be posted on the site in the coming months.
To access the GELDS, go to www.gelds.decal.ga.gov. There you will find printable documents to help you start planning lessons and making decisions about curriculum and assessment. These documents are under the resources tab. Training and professional development will be provided over the next year as you begin using this new set of standards.
The GELDS are the product of an alignment study and revision project that began in 2010. The project stemmed from the need for higher-quality standards for birth through age 5 and a better alignment with the Common Core Georgia Performance Standards (CCGPS) for K-12. The GELDS will take the place of the Georgia Early Learning Standards for birth through three and the Pre-K Content Standards.
The purpose of the GELDS is to outline what children should know and be able to do before kindergarten entry. These research-based standards should be used to guide teachers, parents, and all practitioners in the intentional integration of developmental knowledge with the skills and concepts children need to make progress in all learning areas.
It is an exciting time for early care and education in Georgia. Our state continues to gain national attention because of our commitment to improve the quality of early learning programs across the state. These new standards support Georgia's continued determination to help our youngest learners succeed.
For more information, contact Standards Coordinator Laura Evans at firstname.lastname@example.org.