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Art to Heart and Early Childhood Education Standards

The arts use skills in all areas and provide a way to integrate multiple learning goals within a particular lesson and/or activity. The following statements provide an overview of how the Art to Heart series can be used to achieve measurable outcomes within early childhood classrooms.

See our sample standards correlation to see how a particular activity from the series can be aligned with Kentucky and national standards.

Kentucky Early Childhood Standards

The Kentucky Early Childhood Standards can easily be found in all of the activities shown in the programs. To document that an individual child's achievement reaches the standards, please refer to the benchmarks. The complete Kentucky Early Childhood Standards includes charts with the Developmental Continuum and Example Behaviors as a guide for documentation. These standards can be found at the Kentucky Department of Education website.

Statement on Head Start Outcomes Framework

Implementing activities and concepts from the series will lead to students achieving Indicators within the Outcomes Framework Domains. The student's actual achievement and observable indicators within a classroom will be dependent on what is implemented from what you see and read about in Art to Heart and how each child responds to the activity, lesson, or concept. Utilize the Framework PDF, found at the online National Head Start Training and Technical Assistance Resource Center, to identify individual student outcomes by defining the domain and looking for specific indicators to document and/or assess student progress.

National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) Position Statement's Curriculum Recommendations

"Implement curriculum that is thoughtfully planned, challenging, engaging, developmentally appropriate, culturally and linguistically responsive, comprehensive, and likely to promote positive outcomes for all young children."

Indicators of effective curriculum:

  • Children are active and engaged.
  • Goals are clear and shared by all.
  • Curriculum is evidence-based.
  • Valued content is learned through investigation and focused, intentional teaching.
  • Curriculum builds on prior learning and experiences.
  • Curriculum is comprehensive.
  • Professional standards validate the curriculum's subject-matter content.
  • The curriculum is likely to benefit children.

For more information, visit the NAEYC web site.