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Core Body of Knowledge

Early Learning Guidelines

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This resource outlines the knowledge, dispositions and skills required to work with young children. The Core Body of Knowledge (CBK) offers a road map for building meaningful relationships with children, families and colleagues, for creating nurturing, stimulating environments, and for developing oneself as a professional in this incredibly important field.  You can also use the CBK Development Planning Tool to select professional development that will ensure your program is providing high quality instruction.

Core Body of Knowledge   

CBK Development Planning Tool


The Early Learning Guidelines are designed to be used as a daily reference and resource, to support the professional development of those responsible for the care and education of our youngest citizens. The Guidelines were designed to complement and coordinate with the state’s Pre-Kindergarten Foundation for the Common Core, the Head Start Child Development and Learning Framework and the New York State Learning Standards, to reinforce the developmental continuum.

Early Learning Guidelines


QUALITYstarsNY is the state's Quality Rating and Improvement System. If you would like your program to participate in QUALITYstarsNY, joining Aspire is one of the first things you will need to do. 

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The development of this website is sponsored by the New York State Office of Children and Family Services, funded by the federal Child Care and Development Fund and was developed by the NY Early Childhood Professional Development Institute.


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