Standards Correlations


Head Start is a U.S. federal program with the overall goal of readying young children for school. It offers educational, health, nutritional, and social services to young children that enhance social and cognitive development.

The Head Start Child Outcomes Framework provides long-term goals for early childhood programs connected with Head Start, and is a helpful resource for anyone involved in early childhood education. The framework identifies eight general domains: (1) language development, (2) literacy, (3) mathematics, (4) science, (5) creative arts, (6) social and emotional development, (7) approaches to learning, and (8) physical health and development. It also specifies over 100 sample indicators of children’s learning within those domains.

Growing Up WILD activities all address one or more of the Head Start Domains, and may be used to address many of the Head Start indicators. Each Growing Up WILD activity includes codes showing the Head Start Domains and indicators met by that activity. Scroll down to download Project Learning Tree Environmental Experiences for Early Childhood Head Start Domain Correlations, and a list of numerical codes identifying which Head Start Domains are addressed by each Growing Up WILD activity.


The National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) offers accreditation to early childhood education programs that meet specific standards in education, health, and safety. To achieve accreditation, early childhood programs volunteer to be measured against these national standards.

NAEYC’s Standard 2 focuses on accreditation criteria for curriculum. To meet this standard, early childhood programs must implement a curriculum that is consistent with NAEYC’s goals for children and that promotes learning and development in the areas of social, emotional, physical, language, and cognitive development. Growing Up WILD and PLT Environmental Experiences for Early Childhood activities all address one or more of the NAEYC Standard 2 topic areas. Each Growing Up WILD activity includes codes to identify the Standard 2 topic areas addressed. Scroll down to download NAEYC correlations for PLT Early Childhood and a list of numerical codes identifying which Accreditation Criteria are addressed by each Growing Up WILD activity.


The Kansas Early Learning Guidelines have been developed for use by child care providers, early childhood teachers, administrators, families and others who provide care to young children.

The overall purpose of this document is to provide a general overview of the skills, knowledge, and abilities young children have and can learn with the help of caring and knowledgeable adults that lead them toward success in a Kindergarten setting. Each section of the document presents information that can be used by adults to create the opportunities and learning experiences young children need in order to grow, develop, and learn. Scroll down to download the Kansas Early Learning Guidlienes for PLT Early Childhood and Growing Up WILD activities.

The Common Core Standards initiative is a state-led effort coordinated by the National Governors Association Center for Best Practices (NGA Center) and the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO).

These standards were adopted by Kansas in 2010 for English language arts and mathematics. The Kansas State Department of Education will transition from the state's current standards to the new Kansas Common Core Standards by 2012. The standards for proficiency in English language arts and mathematics were developed in collaboration with teachers, school administrators and education experts. They are internationally benchmarked, aligned with college and career readiness expectations, evidence-based and include both content and application of knowledge through higher-order skills. The standards are designed to be robust and relevant to the real world, reflecting the knowledge and skills that our young people need for success in college and careers.

All Growing Up WILD and PLT Early Childhood activities correlate to K-2 curricular standards in science, math, social studies, reading and writing. Correlations to the Common Core Standards are in process at national level and will be posted as available. In the mean time, we encourage educators to use the examples posted below of Kansas K-2 curricular standards correlations to help correlate activities as you develop your lesson plans.