Guide your child’s learning and growth from the start with the Early Learning GPS

  • What do you do if your baby won’t stop crying?
  • Is TV good for toddlers?
  • I like my child’s preschool teacher, but is that enough to make sure he’s ready for kindergarten?

You want what’s best for your child and the young children in your life, but may not know or where to start.

Pennsylvania’s Promise for Children’s Early Learning GPS can help. GPS stands for Guiding Parents Smoothly – helping families set the right course for their children’s success in kindergarten and beyond. It’s great for anyone who has a young child in their life- grandparents, aunts, uncles, friends and neighbors.

 

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 INFANT
(birth - 1 year)

TODDLER
(1-3 years)
PRESCHOOLER
(3-5 years)

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 Toddler GPS logo small

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So how does it work?

You answer up to 10 questions about your child. After you answer a question, you receive helpful tips and links to reliable resources. You can also complete a short worksheet with ways you want to use these tips in your daily life.

The questions address the most important things you should know and can do to help your baby learn and grow. Because the information was created in cooperation with the Pennsylvania Office of Child Development and Early Learning and is based on sources like Pennsylvania’s Early Learning Standards and nationally-recognized brain research, you know it’s reliable. Others have spent hundreds of hours pulling together the most useful tips and resources for you.

This is not a test, and you can go at your own pace. We will continue to update the tips and resources, so you can return as often as you like.

What’s special about the Early Learning GPS?

It’s a great place to start learning how to help your young child grow. The questions address the most important things you should know and can do to help your baby learn and grow. The information is reliable. The information was created in cooperation with the Pennsylvania Office of Child Development and Early Learning and is based on sources like Pennsylvania’s Early Learning Standards and nationally-recognized brain research. Others have spent hundreds of hours pulling together the most useful tips and resources for you.

You go at your own pace. You can start from the beginning or focus on one of the four sections. You can come back as often as you like. Your answers may change depending on the child you are thinking about, a particular situation, or your mood that day. We will continue to update the tips and resources, so you can return as often as you like. 

No tests, no scores.The GPS is about helping you make the right choices for your family, not about testing your parenting skills. You can grade us, but we won’t grade you

     

 

Organizations and Professionals: Using the Early Learning GPS with Families

The Early Learning GPS be used by a parent individually, but can also open the door for conversation for professionals working with families of young children. You can use the GPS one-on-one with a family member, or in parent training and group settings.

Attend a webinar to explore ways that you can use this tool to start meaningful conversations with families about choosing quality early learning. You can also provide feedback on tools that we can provide to help you use the GPS with families and to educate the community about the importance of access to quality early education.

Presentation materials - Using the Early Learning GPS with families. You can use this powerpoint to give an overview and demonstration of the GPS to professionals that work with families to encourage them to use the tool.