From the time of birth until Kindergarten, there are approximately two thousand days. Research shows that these two thousand days are a critical period of growth and development in a young child’s life. It is the mission of the Central Rivers AEA Early Childhood Team to promote high quality family childcare and early educational opportunities during this important time.

The Iowa Early Learning Standards summarize developmental expectations for children birth through age 5. This document also contains an alignment with the Iowa Core Kindergarten Literacy and Math Standards.