California Department of Education

The California Department of Education (CDE), Early Education Division (EED) provides resources and information for child development contractors, families, and community members regarding child development programs funded by the state.

Universal PreKindergarten (UPK)

The California Department of Education (CDE) has created a suite of materials to support your communications efforts around Universal PreKindergarten (UPK) in California. These materials, which are intended to help you share information about UPK, are available for your use on the UPK Resource Landing Page.

Preschool Resources

California Preschool Learning Foundations
Provide early childhood educators, parents, and the public with a clear understanding of the wide range of knowledge and skills preschool children typically attain when given the benefits of a high-quality preschool program.

California Preschool Curriculum Frameworks
Include ideas for intentionally integrating learning into children's play; implement child-directed and teacher-guided activities; plan environments, interactions, routines, and materials that engage children in learning; and individualized curriculum based on children's knowledge, skills, needs, and interests.

California Preschool Program Guidelines 
Provide detailed guidance for administrators and teachers to offer high-quality preschool programs that prepare children to arrive in kindergarten with the foundational skills necessary for school success. 

Infant/Toddler Resources

California Infant/Toddler Learning and Development Foundations
Describe how children develop and what they learn and are designed to illuminate the competencies that infants and toddlers need for later success. 

California Infant/Toddler Curriculum Framework
Supports early childhood educators working in programs serving children birth to three years of age in implementing high-quality curriculum practices that lead to the acquisition of the knowledge and skills described in the Infant/Toddler Learning and Development Foundations.

Infant/Toddler Learning and Development Program Guidelines, Second Edition
Present information about providing high-quality early care, including recommendations for program policies and day-to-day practices to improve program services for all infants and toddlers.

Other Publications

Find a complete list of EED resources and publications for infant/toddler and preschool, including:

Early Education Division (EED) Consultants are available to provide assistance and answer questions about early education and support, and are assigned by region. Child Development Consultant Assignments by County

California Department of Education (CDE)/Early Education Division Resources (EED) Management Bulletins for a listing of all EED Management Bulletins