This page consolidates classroom resources to help providers and directors provide the best education to children in their care. The Mississippi Department of Education is the state agency responsible for meeting the educational needs of Mississippi’s children and youth; many of the resources below are certified by MDE.
Early Learning Standards and Guidelines
The following are guidelines and standards for the implementation of best practices in early childhood classrooms to meet the developmental needs of young students.
Early Learning Guidelines
Early Learning Standards
Choosing a curriculum for your classroom is an important choice. Curriculum packages can be very expensive. It is important to choose a curriculum package that is right for the children in your classroom and that aligns with your program goals. Here are some suggestions from Head Start and from the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) on how to choose the best curriculum for your classroom. The Mississippi Department of Education has made recommendations on textbooks and teaching strategies for young children:
Other Early Childhood Curriculum Resources
Checklists have been developed by MDE based on the guidelines and standards to support administrators, parents, and teachers in observing best practices in early childhood classrooms and monitoring the developmental growth of students.
- Developmental Checklist for Four-Year-Old Students
- Developmental Checklist for Three-Year-Old Students