COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA

DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION

P.O. BOX 2120

RICHMOND, VIRGINIA 23218-2120

 

SUPTS. MEMO NO. 46

February 25, 2005

 

INFORMATIONAL

TO:

Division Superintendents

 

FROM:

Jo Lynne DeMary

Superintendent of Public Instruction

 

SUBJECT:

Virginias Foundation Blocks for Early Learning Revised from Guidelines to Standards

 

 

The Department of Education is pleased to announce Virginias Foundation Blocks for Early Learning: Standards for Literacy and Mathematics.

 

In 2001, the Department of Education developed the document, Virginias Foundation Blocks for Early Learning: Guidelines for Literacy and Mathematics. The purpose of the document was to provide early childhood educators a set of guidelines for literacy and mathematics with indicators of success for students entering kindergarten. The guidelines were aligned to Virginias Kindergarten Standards of Learning, Virginias Phonological Awareness Literacy Screening for Kindergarten (PALS-K) and to the national guide, Teaching our Youngest, A Guide for Preschool Teachers and Child-Care Family Providers produced by the Early Childhood-Head Start Task Force, U.S. Department of Education.

 

During the 2004 session of the Virginia General Assembly, language was added to the Appropriation Act for the At-Risk Four-Year-Old Program (the Virginia Preschool Initiative) requiring the Department of Education, in cooperation with the Council on Child Care and Early Childhood Programs to establish academic standards that are in accordance with appropriate preparation for students to be ready to successfully enter kindergarten. The additional language required that these standards be established in such a manner as to be measurable for student achievement and success.

 

In order to comply with these requirements, the Department of Education convened a committee of Department of Education specialists and preschool teachers and administrators to review and revise Virginias Foundation Blocks for Early Learning: Guidelines for Literacy and Mathematics.

 

Virginias Foundation Blocks for Early Learning: Standards for Literacy and Mathematics describes specific indicators for prekindergarten children in the content areas of reading and mathematics. Oral expression, vocabulary, phonological awareness, letter knowledge, and early word recognition, print and book awareness, and written expression are emphasized in literacy, and number and number sense, computation, measurement, geometry, data collection and statistics, and patterns and relationships in mathematics. All of these are addressed in the Virginia Standards of Learning.

 

Virginias Foundation Blocks for Early Learning: Standards for Literacy and Mathematics can be found in .pdf file format on the Virginia Department of Educations website at http://www.doe.virginia.gov/VDOE/Instruction/Elem_M/early.html.

 

If you have questions, please contact Cheryl Strobel (Cheryl.Strobel@doe.virginia.gov), early childhood education specialist, at (804) 371-7578 or Deborah Pittman (Deborah.Pittman@doe.virginia.gov), elementary mathematics specialist at (804) 786-7986.

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