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Nevada Pre-K Standards and Early Learning Guidelines

Contact Information: 

Coordinator: Tina Springmeyer
240 South Rock Boulevard, Suite #143
Reno, Nevada 89502
Office: 775-327-0675
Fax: 775-857-3158

Content standards have been developed to describe appropriate outcomes for children at the end of their preschool experience and entering kindergarten. The standards have been developed based on the research that supports the significance of the early years in future student achievement and can be used by all early childhood education programs in Nevada as a guide for child outcomes for preschool. The standards are a published list of descriptions of what most children should know and be able to do before they enter kindergarten. The standards are focused on the following six areas:
  1. Creative Arts (visual arts, creative thinking, music and movement and dramatic play); 
  2. Language/Literacy;
  3. Math; 
  4. Physical Development/Health; 
  5. Science; 
  6. Social Studies/Social Emotional 


Nevada Early Learning Guidelines

In 2008 a steering committee of early childhood professionals began to work on Nevada’s Infant and Toddler Early Learning Guidelines. They reviewed the work that had been accomplished by other states and then invited a list of stakeholders to become participants in work groups. The workgroups were formed in Northern, Southern and Northeastern Nevada. The workgroups focused on specific domains and they developed specific guidelines that should be included in Nevada’s Early Learning Guidelines. The guidelines are aligned with the Nevada Pre-K Standards. The participants identified the following age groups:  Birth to Four Months, Four to Eight Months, Eight to Twelve Months, Twelve to Eighteen Months, Eighteen to Twenty-Four Months, Twenty-Four to Thirty Months, Thirty Months to Three years and Three Years Old. A select group from the steering committee collected the recommendations from the work groups and developed the draft of the Early Learning Guidelines. The draft was introduced to the Nevada Early Childhood Community during the 2009 Early Childhood State Conference in Northern Nevada. The participants and committee members made recommendations and suggestions. The steering committee completed the recommendations in 2010. A draft copy of the completed guidelines was reviewed by the steering committee and went to print in 2011.

The Nevada Infant and Toddler Early Learning Guidelines (ELG) have been developed for early childhood professionals as well as parents. This document was developed so that the adults who are caring for infants and toddlers can have a set of appropriate developmental guidelines that they can refer to for information and resources. The guidelines can be used as a frame of reference for children but it is important to remember that each child develops differently so the age ranges should be used as suggestions. The activities that are recommended can be provided by the caregiver or parent to help support the learning.  Infants and toddlers grow and develop rapidly so it is important to mention that different milestones can occur at different times and stages in a child’s development can change quickly. The use of these guidelines will support the use of best practice approaches in infant and toddler programs.

What are the Pre-K Standards?

Nevada’s Pre-K Content Standards are a joint effort supported by the Nevada Department of Education’s Office of Special Education, Elementary and Secondary Education, and School Improvement Programs, as well as the State of Nevada, Department of Health and Human Resources, Welfare Division, Office of Early Care and Education and it’s contractors. These agencies were challenged by the Federal Good Start, Grow Smart initiative to work together to develop standards to be used by all Early Childhood Education programs in Nevada as a guide for child outcomes for preschool. The Pre-K Content Standards are guidelines for teachers to use when developing learning experiences for young children that are grounded in the following guiding principles: 
  • Children are active learners 
  • Development and learning are inter-related 
  • Growth and learning are sequential 
  • Each child is an individual learner 
  • Development and learning are embedded in culture 
  • Family involvement is necessary 
  • Children’s learning can be clarified, enriched, and extended

Basis of the Pre-K Standards

The standards have been carefully designed considering the typical development of preschool children ages 3-5. All children develop at their own pace and not meeting these standards does not mean a child will be unsuccessful or ineligible for kindergarten. The standards are simply a tool teachers can use to strengthen their already quality and developmentally appropriate preschool environments. For more information about the Standards, contact the Nevada Pre-K Standards office at (775) 327-0675 or via email at

Format of the Pre-K Standards

Five sections of the professional development training and corresponding materials have been completed. Teacher and Family Guidebooks on Language and Literacy, Math, Social Studies/Social Emotional, Music and Creative Arts describe the standards and offer suggestions for helping prepare preschoolers for kindergarten are now available. Five content standard trainings have also been developed to train Early Childhood teachers and others in the field of Early Childhood Development. These trainings help empower teachers to further understand and use the standards within preschool environments. 
Follow these links to download the guidebooks for the Pre-K Standards: 

Language and Literacy


Social Studies/Social Emotional


Creative Arts


Connecting the Pre-K Standards to Core Competencies 

Knowledge of the Pre-K Standards is embedded within Nevada's Core Knowledge Areas and Core Competencies for Early Care and Education Professionals. While the Pre-K standards act as a guide for child outcomes, the core competencies focus on the preferred outcomes for the adults who care for young children. It is believed that early childhood teachers who provide quality learning environments and experiences for young children will help those children meet the goals set forth in the Pre-K Standards. 

Download your personal copy or pick one up from one of the agencies listed below (due to budget constraints, individual copies cannot be mailed). For more information, contact the Nevada Pre-K Standards office via email at, or by phone at (775) 327-0677. 

Distribution Sites

Nevada Pre-K Standards Office - Reno
240 South Rock Boulevard, Suite #143
Reno, Nevada 89502
Contact: Brooke Dutton
Phone: 775-327-0677

Nevada Department of Education – Carson City

755 N. Roop Street; Suite 107
Carson City, NV 89701
Contact: Anna Severens
Phone: (775) 687-5950
Please call or email first.

Nevada Department of Education - Office of Learning and Development - Las Vegas
2080 E. Flamingo Rd. Suite 210
Las Vegas, NV 89119