Maine's Learning Standards

What are Maine's Early Learning and Development Standards? 

The Maine Early Learning and Development Standards (MELDS) is a statewide resource for everyone committed to the development of children birth through school entry to support the development of the whole child. The standards provide essential information to support and enhance children’s development and learning and provides a continuum to the Maine Learning Results (MLRs) that is Maine’s K-12 learning standards. 

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Who can use the MELDS?

The Preschool MELDS has been designed as a resource which can be used by those in Maine working with and advocating for the high quality, developmentally appropriate care of children aged three to five. This may include, but is not limited to: families, caregivers, home visitors, teachers, therapists and other professionals, community members and policy makers. The intention of this document is to assist parents and those in the field and our communities in working together to support the healthy development of Maine's youngest citizens.

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Preschool MELDS update


The Preschool MELDS update is now complete! The visual below showcases the updated structure of the learning domains and how they align to the Infant Toddler MELDS and the Maine Learning Results



What is coming:

  • Translation of Documents
  • Targeted Tool Kits

  • Updated MELDS trainings


    Contact Us

    Nicole MadoreMaine DOE logo
    Early Childhood Specialist
    Maine Department of Education
    Phone: 207-446-3967

    DHHS logoMegan Swanson
    Family and Community Engagement Program Manager
    Maine Department of Health and Human Services
    Phone: 207-446-2437