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Revised Foundational Competencies and Essential Experiences, Birth-3rd


Massachusetts has issued a revised version of its Foundational Competencies and Essential Experiences document and is seeking feedback by the end of this week.

From the website:

Massachusetts has embarked on an exciting journey – the development of a comprehensive birth through grade 3 policy agenda – that will result in the implementation of innovative and bold strategies; increased alignment and collaboration across the early education, K-12, and higher education sectors; and most importantly, the provision of enhanced services to children and families across the state.

In early May, we issued the first draft of the attached document, entitled Building the Foundation for College and Career Success from Birth through Grade 3. Based on the valuable feedback that we have received over the past several months, we are pleased to share this revised document.

This document is serving as the foundation of the comprehensive birth through grade 3 agenda, and it presents essential competencies that should be demonstrated by all children and the essential experiences that will lead to the development of these competencies. This document is also aligned with the Massachusetts Definition of College and Career Readiness, which was adopted by the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education and the Board of Higher Education during the spring of 2013, it reinforces the importance of preparing our children for lifelong success starting at birth, and it reflects the unique developmental experiences of children from birth through grade 3.

We would greatly appreciate your feedback about this revised document, and there are two ways in which you can share your thoughts. First, you can send an e-mail message to Saeyun Lee ( at the Department of Higher Education (please include the name of the document in the title of your message). And second, you can respond to our online survey by October 10, 2014.