The INFOhio Early Learning Portal (ELP) contains websites and apps that support learning and development in young learners, ages 3-5. This portal was created to help prepare Ohio’s early learners heading to Kindergarten. INFOhio encourages adults to use the digital resources with children, providing guidance and support. A team of educators, public librarians, and early learning professionals evaluated and selected each website/app and scored them using a rubric specifically looking for:
The resources with the highest ratings were chosen and added to the ELP.
What are the standards?
The Ohio Department of Education (ODE) values the Early Learning and Development Standards for their guidance in helping educators select and develop curriculum. The standards promote the understanding of early learning and development to support the well being of young children. They provide a comprehensive and coherent set of early childhood educational expectations, and guide the implementation of curriculum, assessment, and instructional practices with young children. This allows educators to support infants through preschool with educational opportunities.
In June of 2022, the State Board of Education adopted the new version of Ohio’s Early Learning and Development Standards. While there were some minor changes to wording, the major changes appear below.
Finding the standards
It can be frustrating to find quality resources that align with the Early Learning and Development Standards (ELDS). The Early Learning Portal resources are currently aligned to the 2012 Ohio Early Learning Standards. During the summer of 2023, INFOhio will be working to realign all of our resources to the new ODE standards.
To find documents from the Early Learning Portal resources that are aligned to the Early Learning and Development Standards, click Educators from the ELP homepage. Choose the domain you wish to focus on:
For example, if you click on the Cognitive Development and General Knowledge domain you can access the strands as well as a link to a list of all the resources aligned to this domain, like this one shown in green.
This document aligns the resources to the standards for each domain. Under each category, there are several resources aligned with each strand. This alignment document has the strand, topic, standard, resource title, resource url, resource description, and available languages for easy reference for educators.
Creative Development Aligned Resources
As a reminder, one of the changes to the ELDS was adding the Creative Development Domain. Since the new Creative Development Domain is not yet aligned to the resources in the Early Learning Portal, here are some suggestions that will help support children. Below will show what new standard each resource aligns to. All five of these resources are currently found in the Approaches Toward Learning Domain in the ELP. This summer you can make learning fun with your little ones, by celebrating creativity and using these resources.
Duck Duck Moose: Princess Fairy Tale Maker and Superhero Comic Maker- Children can use this app to create princess fairy tales or superhero comics using colorful backgrounds and characters.
RelationShapes- This is a playful open-ended learning experience for children to practice progressively challenging activities that help with skills like flexible thinking, creativity and spatial reasoning skills.
ABCya Paint- A wide range of educational games that keep learning fun and an easy way for little learners to practice computer skills through art as children can paint, draw, stamp, splat, and spray designs.
Ready at Five Parents Matter Cards- These quick guides enable educators and parents to prepare children for Kindergarten through quality educational resources and activities.
Peep and the Big Wide World- This website has videos featuring Peep, a small chick who loves science and games to get children moving with dance and music.
As usual if you have any questions, we are happy to help. Contact INFOhio Support at support.infohio.org. Have a great summer!