We are admonished to teach the words of Holy Script "diligently unto thy children," and to "train up a child in the way he should go" (Matthew 6:33, Deuteronomy 6:7, and Proverbs 22:6, KJV).
The North American Division Early Childhood Developmental Standards outline benchmarks and skills that young children acquire during the birth-to-five-year period. These standards were developed through a Seventh-day Adventist world view across the birth-12 curricula with integration of research-based national and provincial/state standards. They are designed to provide direction in program planning and equipping so that teachers deliver instruction emphasizing Seventh-day Adventist goals, concepts, and values in a developmentally appropriate manner. Additionally, they support the development and well-being of the young child and enhance learning in five domains. Each domain contains standards with benchmarks and Example.
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To provide young children with Christ-centered, developmentally-appropriate experiences in safe, nurturing environments that are aligned with the beliefs and values of the Seventh-day Adventist Church.