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Early Childhood Education

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Early Childhood Education in New Hampshire includes children Birth – Grade 3 and their families. Birth to five children in New Hampshire are provided services through the Department of Health and Human Services. The exception is preschool special education which is administered by the New Hampshire Department of Education.

The New Hampshire Department of Education is a committed partner supporting statewide efforts for children and schools to promote a seamless system between PreK and K-3 education. The Department of Education maintains a comprehensive focus toward kindergarten and school readiness, the implementation of standards and authentic assessments, and the pursuit of 100% reading proficiency by the end of third grade in order to support the 21st century needs of students so they can build skills in careers, college and life.

New Hampshire Early Childhood Standards

NH Early Learning Standards Acrobat Reader

The Early English Language Development Standards 2.5 – 5.5 years 2013 Edition, WIDA
Mathematics Side by Side Alignment: Common Core State Standards and NH Standards Reading/Language Arts Side by Side Alignment: Common Core State Standards and NH Standards
Preschool and Kindergarten

Preschool Support Acrobat Reader

National Association for the Education of Young Children

New Hampshire Kindergarten Readiness Indicators Acrobat Reader

Kindergarten CCSS 1/2 Day Pacing GuideAcrobat Reader

Kindergarten Readiness and Transitions

K-Grade 3
K-Grade 3 Standards/Competencies and Assessments K-Grade 3 Instructional Resources
Preschool Development Grant (Birth through age 5)
Preschool Special Education Child Nutrition Programs
NH Early Childhood Higher Education Inventory Resources at the Department of Health and Human Services
NH Comprehensive Strategic Plan for Early Childhood What Public Schools Can Do to Bolster Early Learning PowerPoint
(If you save this PowerPoint to your computer you will be able to view the notes pages that go with each slide.)
NH State Board of Education Statement on the Importance of Early Learning Where are the children (Age 0 – 8 years) map PowerPoint

The Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) released Equity Starts Early: How Chiefs Will Build High-Quality Early Education. This report outlines five steps that, coupled with high-quality K-12 education, will contribute to strengthening student outcomes through college and careers.


Partners in Early Education - click on an icon to learn more

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Technical Resources

Center on Enhancing Early Learning Outcomes Framework for  Planning, Implementing,  and Evaluating  PreK-3rd Grade Approaches SparkNH logo

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