Early Learning Guidelines


The New Mexico Early Learning Guidelines (NMELG) serve as a framework for children’s growth, development, and learning in the early years. They are designed to provide reasonable expectations for children at different ages so that educators have criteria to refer to as they observe children in action, determine their levels of performance, and plan curricular interventions to help them grow, develop, and learn to their fullest potential.

The NMELGs were developed by educators from a variety of programs and settings. They provide a common vocabulary to describe children’s growth, development, and learning. They are formatted as a continuum to remind us that children do not all develop at the same rate or pace. Rather, each child develops in his or her unique way.

The NMELGs reflect current brain development research and early childhood education best practices. They represent the growing consensus among educators that a greater emphasis be placed on young children’s conceptual learning, social and emotional development, and active participation in culturally and linguistically relevant and meaningful learning experiences.


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